2022 NFL Draft: Jets close deal with Giants to move up to Iowa State RB Breece Hall

A running back is finally out of the game in the 2022 NFL Draft. The New York Jets traded to the 35th overall pick in the second round to select Iowa State’s Breece Hall. The Jets made the deal with their roommate at MetLife Stadium at the New York Giants, marking only the second time in history that the two sides have made a trade (the first involved Leonard Williams in 2019). The Jets sent the #38 and #146 overall picks to the Giants for the opportunity to select Hall.

Although Hall is CBS Sports’ second-best running back, there’s a solid case to be made for him to take the top spot. The 6-foot, 1,220-pounder was a consensus All-American in 2021 and was the consecutive offensive player of the year in the Big 12. Hall was a touchdown machine in the state of Iowa, totaling 56 total career scores. three-year college career, which includes back-to-back seasons in 2020 and 2021, where he ran for at least 20 touchdowns. He also had a stretch where he scored touchdowns in 24 straight games.

Hall now joins a Jets backfield consisting of 2021 fourth-round pick Michael Carter. UNC’s product was impressive during its rookie season, totaling 964 yards of scrimmage and four touchdowns. Now the two are in a position to form a thunder and lightning duo in the backfield with Hall deploying the power while Carter works on the passing game.

This trade continues what has been a strong draft for New York after an opening round where they made three selections. Fourth overall, they took Cincinnati cornerback “Sauce” Gardner, took Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson at number 10, and then returned to the first to select FSU pass rusher Jermaine Johnson II with the 24th pick.

Serie B

Chris Trapasso: Minimum movement to get a full turn of three down. Hall doesn’t play for his combined workout, but checks all the boxes for a tinted runner. Incredible ball skills/receiving ability too. Maybe a tick early for an RB? Hall and Michael Carter are now a fun and complementary duo.

Measurement report:

Assessment: 84.69 (long-term beginner)

Pro comparison: Deuce McAllister

Forces:

Full resource and ready to use. Impressive speeds and great vision between tackles. He took on a huge workload in college and was able to break big runs at the end of the games. Above average in the energy, contact balance and movement departments. Mix styles together. Slasher in the zone plays without losing much steam and has shown the ability to jump into the hole to free himself. Often used in passing game.

Weaknesses:

Downfield juice moments, but it won’t shy away from many at the NFL level. It doesn’t have the speed in the field that it showed on the combine. Not ready to run slot routes. He’s good/great in every way, but he’s not elite in any one area.

Compliments:

  • Twice Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
  • Set NCAA record with Rush TD in 24 straight games

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