3. The player himself in Breece Hall
Finally, Breece Hall was a player widely regarded as the best running back in this class.
He rushed for 897 yards his freshman, year, 1,572 yards in his sophomore year, and 1,472 yards in his junior year to total 3,941 career rushing yards for the Cyclones of Iowa State — over a thousand more yards than fellow Cyclone, David Montgomery, back when he was their featured guy.
Hall also tallied 50 total rushing touchdowns, as well as 6 scores from scrimmage in his college tenure. And just for another comparison, Montgomery had just 26 total touchdowns over his three years at Iowa State.
The amount of "carries" often play against college running backs coming into the NFL. The more carries you have had, the more times you've been tackled, and the more wear-and-tear your tires have gotten.
But the good news for Jets fans is this- one of the big guys said to have been "worn down" by carries was Jonathan Taylor coming out of Wisconsin with 926 total attempts to his name as a Badger.
Not only has Taylor surpassed any expectation of "wear-down," but Breece Hall has about 208 fewer carries than he did coming out of college.
Hall is fresher. He's still physical. And he's ready to hit the ground running for this Jets team in 2022. I think Joe Douglas did a great job this draft, and Hall was one of his better picks/steals.
This Jets offense is really going to appreciate the fact that this was the route Douglas and company chose to go.