Emanuel Hall: Fantasy Scouting Report
It is officially rookie draft season! The time of year most of you are scouring through draft articles, videos, and anything else you can get your hands on to give you that edge come draft time in your dynasty leagues. We at FFStatistics plan to give you that edge throughout the off-season leading up to your rookie drafts. In this article, I will be covering 2019 NFL Draft prospect Emanuel Hall.
Emanuel Hall – Fantasy Scouting Report
Name: Emanuel Hall
Hometown: Franklin, TN (Centennial High School)
Weight: 201 lbs.
247Sports Combine Score (high school): 0.8498 — 3 Stars — 110th WR
Best Dominator Rating: 22.1%
Breakout Age: 21
If you want to target an explosive athlete in this year’s wide receiver class, Emanuel Hall is your guy. Hall, a state champion high jumper in high school, absolutely lit the combine on fire. See @MathBomb’s RAS graphic to the right. Hall’s 11′ 9″ broad jump tied for second best in NFL Combine history and was best ever for a wide receiver. He also ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and jumped 43.5″ in the vertical jump despite dealing with a nagging groin injury he suffered early on in his 2018 campaign at Missouri.
Hall’s production throughout his college career suffered due to injuries. In 2017, he hurt his hamstring versus Arkansas at the end of the season causing him to miss the second half of that game and the bowl game versus Texas that followed. In 2018, he injured his groin in Week 3 versus Purdue. He tried to play through the injury versus Georgia in week 4, but the mixture of his groin injury and being shadowed by Deandre Baker caused him to have zeroes in all statistical categories. Hall sat out the next four weeks, and when he decided to come back he was still never 100%. Doctors at the combine advised Hall not to compete due to his groin, but he did despite that. Hall may also require sports hernia surgery to repair his nagging groin.
Hall’s market share of Missouri’s receiving yards in games he played (8) was 27.3% in his final year. If you do not include the game he left with an injury, that number jumps up to 34.5%. The graphic below from FFStatistics’ college football data section shows Hall’s receiving yards market share by age compared to the baseline of receivers historically who have had a top 36 fantasy football season. As you can see, Hall is below the baseline, which is not what you would like to see. However, a lot of this is skewed due to injuries.
Hall is one of the premiere deep ball receivers in this draft. He has a third gear that allows him to separate and blow by his defenders. Cornerbacks do not often like to press because of Hall’s speed and ability to beat their press efficiently with different moves and footwork. The clip below shows off Hall’s ability to track the ball while in the air. His route running does need some work, but his pure athleticism allows him to win. He will be used as a Z receiver at the next level, similar to Ted Ginn Jr. Hall’s primary responsibility will be to “break” the coverage and take the top off the defense to allow the other pass catchers to operate in more space.
Hall had a limited route tree that consisted of the “Go”, “Post”, or a quick slant. You did get a chance to see him run a few comebacks, but this was not common. When he is asked to run a route that involves more of a straight line, Hall excels. This is who he is and what he is good at. NFL teams will know this and should not ask him to do much more. However, Hall does show very quick feet and extremely good stop and start ability for his size. This is what makes him so attractive as a prospect. Hall’s ceiling may be more than a straight line route runner. You can see this in the tweet from Nick Farabaugh on the right. His feet are quick and sudden and his burst gives him separation.
I believe Hall will be taken in the late second to middle of the third round in the NFL Draft. Teams will take him to be their Z receiver and ask him to bust coverage by going deep. He has the potential to develop into more than this role if he is able to work on his inconsistent hands and prove he can run a full route tree. Athleticism is not something you can teach and Hall has plenty of that.
According to DynastyLeagueFootball’s April rookie draft ADP, Hall is the 26th player off the board. If he gets drafted in the second or third round this is bound to move up. I do not advise dynasty owners to take many late round receivers. I always think it is smarter to invest in running backs at that stage. If Hall is able to land somewhere with a good quarterback that lacks an outside deep threat, I would definitely add him to my draft board. Emanuel Hall is a late round flyer in dynasty leagues and I do not see him being much more than a boom or bust prospect.