Back on the clock, the New York Jets took cornerback Bryce Hall out of Virginia with their fourth pick of the afternoon.
Hall first made a football name for himself as a receiver but opted to focus on the secondary after serving as a two-way player in high school. Over four seasons with the Cavaliers, he put up 154 tackles, 38 pass breakups, and five interceptions.
Left ankle surgery limited him to only six games in his senior season, but led the nation with 21 pass breakups in 2018.
Hall is cut from the same cloth as most of the guys taken before him: high-character leaders. The cornerback was a three-year team captain for the Cavaliers and fits the mold of a Joe Douglas guy.
“We’ve talked about culture, and we’re trying to add to it,” Douglas said on the post-draft conference call via Robby Sabo of Jets X Factor. “When we go through the personal aspect of every guy, what they bring to the building and the locker room are important aspects. They bring a lot to the field and to the building, and we feel good about that.”
Injuries are the biggest concern with Hall, but he has the talent needed to become a legitimate starting cornerback. His athleticism also means that he could be a strong option for Brant Boyer in a variety of special teams roles.
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