Hall was a big play threat for Missiouri. Could he help stabilize the Giants’ receiving corps?
The New York Giants wide receiver position is in an interesting place. On the one hand, the presence of Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, as well as Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley, give the Giants one of the best and most explosive stables of pass catchers in the NFL.
However, the depth and future of their pass catchers is uncertain. Sterling Shepard will be a free agent after 2019, and though Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and Jawill Davis all have some intriguing traits, none of the — and all but Davis would have to be signed for the 2019 season.
The Giants could look to the draft to add talent and stability to the position. If they do so, Missiouri’s Emanuel Hall offers an intriguing blend of long speed and short area quickness.
Could he catch the Giants’ eye?
Height: 6-foot, 1 inch (unofficial)
Weight: 200 pounds (unofficial)
- Good release off the line of scrimmage. Doesn’t waste motion getting off snap.
- Varies stride length to throw off defenders’ timing.
- Shows sharp breaks in routes.
- Adjusts well to the ball showed the ability to be a “hands” catcher in his final season.
- Has the speed to win down the field.
- Impressively productive, with 23.6 yards per catch and 14 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
- Hands were an issue in previous seasons.
- Somewhat slight frame. Won’t bully defenders in press coverage.
- Not an imposing blocker.
- Only one season of experience in a “pro style” offense.
- Route running needs some polish.
Numbers of Note
Stats from Dan Pizzuta
Hall leads this receiving class in Target Yards Added by a significant amount. Per Sports Info Solutions, no college wide receiver had more targets (19) or more receptions (10) on “go” routes in 2018. Only UAB’s Xavier Ubosi had more receivers yards on that route. Overall, his 22.4 yards per receptions ranked first in the SEC and second in the NCAA behind Ubosi in 2018.
What They’re Saying
“One-trick pony at Missouri with impressive turbo boost to rocket past cornerbacks and take the top off of defenses. Hall’s transition into the NFL could be slowed by the challenge of physical press corners with good top-end speed, but his athleticism and short-area quickness should allow him to counter as a three-level route-runner with more exposure to an NFL route tree. It could take time, but he has the size and speed to become a low-volume, high-impact WR2/WR3.”
– Lance Zierlein (NFL.com – Scouting Report)
Does He Fit The Giants?
The Giants’ receiving position is an interesting one. They have about as good a duo as a team could ask at the top of their depth chart in Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. However, their depth chart behind them is muddled at best. They have a number of options for third, fourth, and fifth receivers, but nobody has truly stepped up and separated themselves. Likewise, Shepard is entering the final year of his rookie deal and might leave via free agency after the 2019.
The Giants’ offense is built on precision route running to execute route combinations to beat coverages, create opportunities for receivers, and simplified reads for the quarterback. Hall has the start/stop quickness and agility to be a very good route runner, but he simply needs more time and coaching in the finer points of wide receiver play and the art of route running. The Giants have a good receivers’ coach in Tyke Tolbert and Hall would have a pair of excellent role models in Beckham and Shepard.
If the Giants want to add a third receiver, or get insurance for Shepard, Hall wouldn’t be a bad option if the value is right.