6’0” – 186 lbs. – 4.55e
2010: 15 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 PD
2011: 21 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 PD, 1 INT
2012: 48 – 2.0 – 0.0, 1 FR, 14 PD, 2 INT
Started two games as a true freshman, but otherwise contributed in a reserve role. Became the team’s full-time starting kick returner as a sophomore, then stepped into the starting lineup as a junior in 2012.
• Will graduate with two years of quality experience in the SEC.
• Possesses prototypical height, length, and bulk for the position.
• Has received some work outside, in the slot, and as a kick returner.
• Moves pretty well given his size, able to plant and accelerate.
• Has been asked to play both man and zone coverages at Vanderbilt.
• Looks smooth and controlled in his backpedal when in man coverage.
• Plays the game with a confident, aggressive on-field demeanor.
• Effective ball skills, gets his hands on passes when in position.
• Overall speed and movement skills aren’t particularly impressive.
• A little bit slow to react when receivers make the breaks in their routes.
• Susceptible to sudden routes, not a very “quick-twitch” player.
• Gives up a bit too much separation, relying on his closing speed.
• Has been burned by overcommitting to play fakes and double moves.
• Can make the big hit but is a highly inconsistent tackler, misses often.
• Appeal may be limited by tackling deficiencies, off-zone coverage.
Hal’s size, length, swagger, and SEC starting experience will appeal to NFL teams, but he also possesses some glaring weaknesses, namely his poor tackling and slow instincts, which could be easily exploited at the next level. It’s hard to imagine him playing safety given the amount of tackles he misses, so his appeal may be limited to teams looking for a reserve boundary corner with developmental potential. Hal has returned kicks in college, but may not be the dynamic athlete teams are hoping for in that role at the professional level. RD 5