Houston Pro Day included a prototypical Patriots defensive end

The Patriots recently sent a key scout to Houston’s Pro Day. The event featured one particular player who seems like a perfect fit for Foxboro.

Defensive end Logan Hall was among the 2022 NFL draft prospects who worked out for the Cougars at their Pro Day event on April 1. Patriots Southwest Area Scout Alex Brooks attended the event. Hall also participated in the Combine and Senior Bowl, so he’s certainly had Patriots eyes on him at some point. It would be shocking if he didn’t, because Hall in many ways is a prototypical Patriots defensive end.

Hall stands at 6-foot-6 and measured at 283 pounds at the Combine, giving him the size to play 5-technique, commonly a defensive end in a 3-4 alignment. He also played defensive tackle at Houston, and it’s well-established how much the Patriots like versatility across the line. The Pats in recent years have tried Dietrich Wise and free-agent addition Henry Anderson in the 5-technique up front, and Lawrence Guy can play that role at times. The absolute apex of this player type under Bill Belichick would be newly elected Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Seymour.

Hall would be a slam dunk of a draft pick if he approached Seymour’s level of performance on the field, but the general expectation is he has the ceiling of a solid starter at the NFL level. His highest marks are for his hand work, especially as a pass-rusher. He may lack the mass to play a lot of defensive tackle in the pros, but he’s described as a balanced, versatile player with the potential to make an impact as a 5-technique against both the run and the pass.

According to Hall’s profile at The Draft Network, he should get rotational work right away and develop into a starter: “By year two or three, Hall has the makings of a fixture up front that claims a starting role and plays at least 60% of the snaps while taking advantage of his balanced skill set and the ability to execute from a variety of alignments.”

Hall’s production made a big jump in his final year at Houston, so whoever drafts him probably believes that’s closer to the real Hall than prior years. In 12 games, Hall compiled six sacks, 47 total tackles and 13 tackles for a loss of yardage.

The Patriots have been busy with the University of Houston, reportedly hosting former Cougars cornerback Marcus Jones for a recent top-30 visit.

Provided he doesn’t get injured between now and the draft, Hall will have his name called on one of the first two days. He’s widely projected to be selected somewhere between the Patriots’ first two picks in the 2022 draft, Nos. 21 and 54, so the Pats may need to slide up the draft board to get him in the second round (which they did last year for Christian Barmore), or reach for him in the first. Or they could really annoy Twitter and trade out of the first altogether.

The consensus big board at NFLMockDraftDatabase.com ranks Hall 38th overall. But, regardless of his draft position, he seems like he’d be a relatively safe pick for Belichick as a player he could put in position to succeed. Don’t be surprised if the Patriots bring him aboard.

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