3. Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets
While the majority of the Jets’ 2020 draft class hasn’t lived up to expectations, the selection of Bryce Hall in the fifth round has proven to be one of the bigger steals of that year’s draft.
A long-limbed corner with good size (6-foot-1, 201 pounds), Hall delivered a good performance in his second NFL campaign. Finishing with 16 passes defended (T-7th in NFL), Hall proved that he could be counted upon as a starting cornerback in the NFL.
Despite a lack of elite athleticism, Hall leverages his frame well to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and recover on plays where he is initially beat. His physicality also made him an asset in the run game, where he recorded 79 combined tackles, including four tackles for loss.
These numbers are encouraging enough on their own, but Hall’s assignments against some of the top receivers hint that his performance was no fluke.
As the de-facto top corner on the Jets, Hall often matched up with the top outside option from elite receiving cores. Yet, he never flinched and delivered solid performance after solid performance.
The scary thing about Hall is that he can improve by leaps and bounds as he accrues more experience in the NFL. Limited ball production (just one interception in 25 games) might prevent him from being a No. 1 cornerback, but Hall has earned his place as a critical building block for the Jets organization.