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DeAngelo Hall - CB Position: CB
Class: Underclassman
School: Virginia Tech
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 202
40 Time: 4.41
Grade: 4.61

Selected by Atlanta Falcons
Round 1, pick 8 (8 overall)
BIO: Two-year starter that set several records as a return specialist. Defensive numbers as junior included 75/1/5, and averaged 14.5 yards on 30 punt returns, bringing two back for scores. Scored on returns of 58 and 60 yards last season against Syracuse, which was a conference record. Occasionally used at receiver last season and recorded 7/86/1. Sophomore totals included 45/4/12 with a 16-yard average on 22 punt returns, recording two touchdowns. Ran well at the Combine and set a Tech football record with a 4.15 clocking in the 40 during spring drills of 2003.

POSITIVES: Explosive prospect whose speed separates him from the rest of the pack. Quick back pedaling off the line, fluid in his hips and loses nothing transitioning to run with opponents. Easily stays step for step with receivers down the field or laterally. Possesses an explosive break on the pass, stays with opponents out from routes and flashes on the scene. Great range and recovery speed, which enables him to make up for mistakes. Explosive punt returner that is not only fast but elusive.

NEGATIVES: Likes to bait the quarterback, slow locating the pass in the air and has some hesitation to his game. Not physical defending the run and likes to hit rather than tackle.

ANALYSIS: With the speed to immediately impact the game at his disposal, Hall is a game-breaking threat anytime the ballís in his hands. Must polish his cover skills and rely on more than just his natural abilities but could be a very good cornerback in time and a rookie that immediately impacts a team returning punts.

PROJECTION: Early First Round

Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

2003 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
7 86 12.3 1

2003 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
21 2 10.5 1

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