Congratulations, New York Jets, you got a gem. With the No. 158 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jets selected Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Bryce Hall. Hall came back to school for his senior season after being projected a first round pick in 2019 and was only able to play six games before a brutal ankle injury against Miami ended his career.
Despite the injury, Hall kept a positive attitude and continued to learn from the Virginia coaching staff on the sidelines. Over his career, Hall amassed 154 tackles (98 solo, 56 assists), 9.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 44 passes defended, and three forced tackles.
While Hall is a benefit for any team’s defense, his attitude and leadership will improve any locker room.
Predicted by most outlets at a late second/early third round pick, Hall plummeted down the draft board as corner after corner heard their names called. As a better fit for a team that runs a zone defense, it’s not wholly surprising that some teams passed him over, but he fell well below what anyone predicted.
Bryce Hall becomes the fifth cornerback to be drafted out of Virginia since 2010, following Chris Cook (2010), Ras-I Dowling (2011), Maurice Canady (2016), and Tim Harris (2019). Hall is the second Cavalier to be drafted in the 2020 draft, coming just seven picks after teammate Joe Reed, who went to the LA Chargers as the No. 151 pick.
Former Cavalier Ant Harris sent his encouragement on Twitter as the waiting game continued, and former teammate Andre Levrone did the same on Instagram.
@BryceHall11 you couldn’t control not being able to participate at the combine. You can’t control this part of the process either but you can control what you do when you get the chance to step on the field again. Wahoowa kid.— Ant Harris (@HOOSDatDude) April 25, 2020