The NY Jets were able to add arguably the best cornerback and wide receiver in the entire 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday. 24 hours later, they added a player who many believed to be the best running back in his class in Breece Hall.
The Iowa State product was a star in college earning consecutive Consensus All-American honors en route to being one of the most productive players in school history.
Many expected the Jets to add a running back at some point during the draft, but very few expected it to come this early. This marks the first time that a Joe Douglas team has drafted a running back in the top-40 since Jamal Lewis in 2000.
That was Douglas' first year as a scout in the NFL. Needless to say, this pick goes against typical Douglas draft logic. But to land a player like Hall, the Jets' GM decided he simply couldn't pass up the opportunity.
Breece Hall is another high-profile addition to the NY Jets offense
A former four-star recruit, Hall quickly made an impact as a true freshman at Iowa State finishing with just shy of 900 yards in 12 games, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors.
It wasn't until 2020 that he really broke out as arguably the best running back in college football, however. Hall finished his sophomore season with 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning Consensus All-American honors and being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
He repeated both honors in 2021 following a 1,472-yard, 20-touchdown season. Hall is Iowa State's all-time leading scorer who set an FBS record with a touchdown in 24 consecutive games in college.
At 5-foot-11, 217 pounds, Hall is an intelligent, patient, and explosive runner who clocked in at a blazing fast 4.39 40-yard dash time despite weighing in at almost 220 pounds.
Hall will join 2021 fourth-round pick Michael Carter to give the Jets one of the most promising running back duos in the NFL.
The Jets' exciting, explosive draft continues with the addition of Breece Hall.