Round 3, 94th Overall: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
The benefit of the Arizona Cardinals trading back in this mock draft scenario is that it netted them an extra third round pick, while still allowing them to take a top defensive back prospect in Booth in the first round. It also paved the way for the Cardinals to address their backfield depth.
Cardinals running backs James Conner and Chase Edmonds are both due to be free agents, and it’s next to impossible for Arizona to keep both of them. Therefore, they are almost obligated to take a running back in the 2022 NFL Draft, and in this scenario, they select Iowa State’s Breece Hall.
Considered by many to be this year’s RB1 in the 2022 NFL Draft, Hall is the second running back off the board in this mock draft, behind Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller.
When it comes to cost effectiveness, it would be hard to do better than selecting a collegiate standout in Hall with one of the final picks of the third round. He led the country in rushing his sophomore year in 2020 with 1,572 rushing yards and scored 21 rushing touchdowns to boot.
His junior year was stellar as well, as Breece Hall accumulated 1,472 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns while raising his yards per carry average in the process. The two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year did measure slightly smaller than his listed numbers at the NFL Combine (5’11¼”, 217 pounds vs. 6’1” 220), but his solid build and diverse skill set (82 catches for 734 yards over his three-year career) should make him an effective three-down running back in the NFL for years to come.