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Andre Hal, CB

School: Vanderbilt  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Port Allen, LA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 188 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.502.521.5715 35 1/29'11"4.277.14

Player Overview

A three-star cornerback recruit, Andre "Dre" Hal committed to Vanderbilt prior to his senior year in high school, choosing the Commodores over Nebraska and Louisiana Tech.

He provided depth behind Casey Hayward as a freshman and sophomore, spending most of his time on special teams at kick returner. Hal became a full-time starter in 2012 as a junior, taking over for Hayward, and set career-bests in 2013 as a senior with 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 18 passes defended and three interceptions, earning Second Team All-SEC honors the past two seasons. Hal lacks imposing size or length for the position, something that shows up in run support and in coverage when pushed around by more physical receivers.

It's easy to appreciate his aggressive, competitive nature when the ball is in the air, showing very good sideline and overall field awareness, but he needs to improve his eye discipline to keep track of his man while also keeping tabs on the quarterback. Hal lacks the physical traits to be a consistent NFL starter, but his tough, confident approach to the game should keep him on a roster and allow him to help in dime situations.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete with quick, coordinated feet to click-and-close in a hurry. Smooth hips and transitional quickness. Good feel in single coverage and understands how to use the sideline to his advantage. Good vision and anticipation with trained eye use to quickly find the ball. Nice job elevating to play the ball with timing and confidence. Fierce tackler for his size and takes proper angles in run support. Good play speed and won't play tentative.

Excellent competitive nature with the ball is in the air. High effort on the field and off with strong leadership traits. Known as a film junkie. Experienced kick returner, averaging 23.1 yards per return with one career special teams score. Two-year starter (26 career starts) with 37 passes defended, earning Second Team All-SEC honors the past two seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Average-at-best size with shorter arms and smaller hands. Too easily eliminated by blockers and will be out-matched vs. bigger receivers. Lacks the power to consistently finish, too often sliding off the ballcarrier and struggling to break down in space. Will be trucked by aggressive ballcarriers.

Lacks ideal speed and struggles to recover after a false step. Will get his hips turned and needs to do a better job controlling his momentum and anticipating route paths. Needs to improve his body position to better make plays on the ball, going through targets with too much hands-on contact. Gets caught with his eyes stuck in the backfield too long, causing him to be late to react to his man. Mostly off-coverage in college and wasn't asked to jam at the line of scrimmage.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 7/216 - Andre Hal, CB, 5-11, 188, Vanderbilt...Defense is looking for depth a corner. He's a high-character guy who was a team leader in college. Plays hard all the time. Improved ball skills. Lacks speed to turn and run with receivers. Might be better in zone. - The Sports Xchange


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