2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Logan Hall, Defensive Lineman, Houston

Logan Hall came to Houston as an unfinished product and leaves campus as one of the top prospects in the draft. In this 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report, we will dive in to see what makes Hall one of the best players to come through Houston in awhile.

Profile

Height – 6’6”

Weight – 283 Pounds

DOB – April 21, 2000 (22 years old)

School – Houston

Position – Defensive Lineman

Arm Length – 32 3/4”

Hand Size – 9 3/8”

Wingspan – 80 1/4”

40-Yard Dash – 4.88 Seconds

Vertical Jump – 30”

3-Cone Drill – 7.25 Seconds

20-Yard Shuttle – 4.44 Seconds

Bench Press – 25 Reps (@ Houston Pro-Day)

Background

Logan Hall spent a majority of his life in Elgin, Oklahoma before eventually moving and attending Belton High School in Belton, Texas. While at Belton, Hall began making a name for himself on the football scene as a 225-pound defensive end. He didn’t put up any gaudy numbers, but anyone with eyes could see the potential that he possessed. Even without eye-popping production, Hall found himself with a number of college offers. He gave serious consideration to Tulsa, Toledo, and Colorado State, among others. The Houston Cougars won the sweepstakes however, with Hall opting to stay in his newfound home of Texas.

During his four-year stint in Houston, Hall showed steady progression. Following two seasons of playing in a rotational role, he began finding more reps on the defensive line. Providing the perfect foil for future first-round pick, Payton Turner, Hall recorded a career high 23 total tackles and brought down the quarterback for the first time. Once Turner moved on to the NFL, this opened the door for Hall to finally get the attention he deserved. Hall did not disappoint. In 2021, as the leader of the defensive unit, he put up incredible numbers. His 13 tackles for loss tripled his career total at that point. Furthermore, he became much more of a threat to the passer, with six sacks to support that claim. Being able to move all over the line in college constantly created mismatches for the star lineman.

Hall parlayed an impressive senior season into invites to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL and the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, IN. Hall showed out, both in Mobile and Indy, flashing his potential by putting on some truly astounding workouts for a man his size. He has completed every task and now he must let the body of work speak for itself. How high can Logan Hall go in the 2022 NFL Draft? Let’s take a look at what makes Hall a fringe first-round prospect in the upcoming draft.

2022 NFL Draft: Scouting Report on Logan Hall

Best Traits

Frame – Logan Hall arrived at Houston a measly 225 pounds, laughably sleek for a defensive end. Thanks to the football teams’ great strength training program, he transformed his body in no time. Now, he possesses a prototypical frame for a defensive lineman in the NFL. He is tall and makes for a scary sight when he is in chase of the quarterback.

Hand Usage – The part of Hall’s game that sets him apart from other defensive linemen is the strength he has in his hands. Hall uses his hands to manipulate his assignments in any way of his choosing. He is able to use them to overpower and rip through strong interior offensive linemen, but has enough finesse and technique to outwork offensive tackles just the same. There are no equals to Hall in the 2022 NFL Draft in this regard.

Versatility – It was touched on a moment ago, but Hall’s ability to line up all over the line is invaluable. He consistently creates pressure to the backfield. Regardless of where Hall starts the play, he regularly ends the play in the backfield. Teams’ will covet his ability to play both the 3- and 5-Tech at a high level.

Pass Rush Moves – If you only looked at sack totals, it might surprise you to know how proficient Logan Hall is as a pass rusher. He has a full catalog of moves, mixing in his power with the finesse. When lined up inside, he leans more on his incredible strength but on the outside he features a swim move and way better bend than you’d expect for a guy of his size.

Needs Improvement

Production – Aside from his breakout 2021 season, Hall never served as the focal point of a defense. It’s not entirely his fault, as his former teammate Payton Turner took a lot of the shine en route to a first-round selection in last April’s draft. Nonetheless, Hall will have to prove to teams that his production is not an outlier.

Balance – The biggest concern for me is Hall’s balance, not only as a pass rusher but as a run defender. Too often Hall is leaning too far on his toes, allowing his opponents to take advantage of his overeagerness and take him out of plays entirely. Specifically in run support, if he is beaten off the snap then there is a little chance of Hall getting to the ball carrier. This must improve because NFL veterans will routinely take him out of plays if not, limiting his potential as a three-down player.

Secondary Pass Rush Moves – As good as Hall is with his initial pass rush moves, he’s equally as unimpressive with his secondary moves. In the instances that Hall’s first move was rebuffed, he showed little ability to fight through and attempt a second move. For example, I wrote down a handful of times that Hall’s bullrush was stopped in its’ tracks, and all of those plays ended without Hall being in a position to make a play. He can’t give up if the initial move fails.

Final Thoughts

Logan Hall is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the entire 2022 NFL Draft class. He profiles best as a 3-Technique, but as stated throughout the article, he offers versatility on the line. Hall put up the best numbers of his career as a senior, giving teams’ reason to believe that he is still an ascending talent. His draft stock is all over the place, but most agree that he is worthy of a round two selection, with some even saying late first. I align more with the second-round crowd, but regardless of where Hall is picked, I expect him to be an impact player early in his career assuming he cleans up the few issues in his game.