clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

NFL Draft 2016 Results: Chicago Bears draft Northern Iowa DB Deiondre' Hall in 4th Round

The third fourth-round pick for the Bears continues to address the secondary.

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears spent their first pick of the fourth round on a linebacker after trading up, and their next two picks have both gone to furthering the defensive backfield. They used the 127th overall pick on Northern Iowa defensive back Deiondre' Hall.

Hall's a 6'2", 199 pound defensive back who saw time at both corner and safety and picked up the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award.

From CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Tall, athletic frame with the rare arm length that makes linemen jealous. Rangy long-strider to cover a large surface area and catch ballcarriers from behind. Fluid hip action and feet to collect himself in his transition.
Plant-and-drive quickness to crowd pass-catchers and interrupt the catch point. Above average ball-skills with terrific locating ability and hand-eye coordination (13 career interceptions). Playmaker after interceptions with a school-record four pick-sixes and 243 return yardage over his career. Uses his long arms to jar the ball free.

Low, aggressive tackler to take out the ballcarrier off his feet. Top-shelf competitor with contagious swagger - often at the center of defensive huddles, uniting the troops. Three career blocked kicks on special teams. Team-oriented player with a resilient attitude. Versatile starting experience with playing time at linebacker, cornerback and safety over his career.


STRENGTHS Has the arm length of a left tackle. Long arms are extremely disruptive against 50/50 balls. Uses length to stuff blockers and get into the action. Values run support and tackling and is never shy. Unusually high tackle count for a cornerback (82 this season) and forced three fumbles. Not intimidated by physical receivers from bigger programs. Offers help outside his area if he reads quarterback’s intentions. Closes the deal when he has a shot at an interception finishing with 13 for his career including six this year. Instinctive and aware in thirds coverage and looked comfortable playing from safety slot.