Is Breece Hall the Top Rookie Running Back?
Breece Hall, a two-sport athlete from Wichita, Kansas, played football and basketball at Wichita Northwest high school. Breece Hall was a consensus 4-star running back that gained a total of 4,209 rushing yards on 421 carries. While averaging 10 yards per rush and 168 yards per game. He was able to see the end zone 61 times on the ground and 74 times total. After receiving several scholarships from schools such as Nebraska, Michigan, and Ole Miss, Breece Hall decided to take his talents to Arizona State University.
Breece Hall was a part of the 2019 recruiting class for the Arizona State Cyclones, and by mid-season, he was given a chance to make an impact as a true freshman. With season totals of 897 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry, Hall proved he was primed for a bigger workload. Not to forget about his receiving numbers, Hall was able to bring in 23 catches with 252 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. It was due to his proven versatility that Hall was named 2nd Team All-Big 12 as a true freshman.
As a sophomore, He gained a season total of 1,572 rushing yards on 279 carries. He was also able to put up 21 rushing touchdowns as well. While leading the FBS in rushing, he was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and First Team Big 12. To cap off Hall’s breakout season, he was the first unanimous All-American in Arizona State school history.
As a junior, Hall continued to add to his dominance, gaining over 1,000 yards again with 1,472 respectfully while scoring another 20 touchdowns on the ground and having 3 receiving scores on 36 catches.
After three successful seasons, Hall would officially announce that he’s entering the 2022 NFL Draft via Twitter on December 18, 2021. Hall should be considered a top rookie running back in this year’s draft.
Without a doubt, Hall has the potential to be a stud at the next level and could be one of the first running backs taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. When I studied his tape, I liked his patience and vision the most. The way he allowed for his blocks to set up and then burst through the hole with power shows he can allow a play to develop and still be able to get positive yards, showing good contact balance.
Hall may not have elite long speed, but has enough to rip off big runs and even house calls to the end zone. Hall will be a productive and versatile three-down running back in the NFL with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and pass protect when called upon. Hall broke the FBS record with scoring in 24 consecutive games, so that shows a knack for the end zone which is sure to make him a nice fantasy-relevant piece on our dynasty rosters.
My prediction is that Hall gets Day 2 draft capital and lands on a running back needy team like the Atlanta Falcons or the Miami Dolphins, who run a lot out of the zone blocking scheme in which Hall excelled at in college.
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