Athlon Sports' top running back prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft is Breece Hall. A prolific playmaker in his last two seasons at Iowa State, Hall's combination of size and instincts should make him productive in the pros as well. He may not be a plug-and-play three-down back right away, but he should be able to get the job done in whatever role he's assigned more times than not, which is why he may be the first back taken in this year's draft.
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Breece Hall Draft Profile
College: Iowa State
An exceptionally productive runner despite every defense knowing he’d be his offense’s focal point, Hall has a blend of size and twitch that will translate well to the pro level. What separates him from other backs with similar traits is his instincts and feel, especially in tight spaces between the tackles. He’s a loose, fluid athlete for his size, and he has the suddenness and quickness to create in those tight spaces. He runs with good contact balance and a lean and feel that prevent clean shots on him despite his size. Along with running power, he can be used on outside-zone plays as well, finding his crease and getting upfield. He has a knack for reading things at the second level, allowing him to string moves together and pick up chunks of yardage. He also flashes the power and instincts to finish runs around the goal line. He grew as a pass-catcher over his three seasons, with reliable hands and efficiency transitioning from receiver to runner.
Hall delivered big plays at the college level, but his long speed is more of a question mark for the pros. It falls more in the good-not-great category, and it’s unlikely he’ll consistently run away from defenders at the third level. He doesn’t bring a lot of value from a formation standpoint, as Hall is more of a check-down receiver rather than a back who can split out wide.
Hall is a foundational back who can get the job done in different run concepts, and he could ultimately thrive in a system heavy on inside-zone and man concepts. He might not be a big-play threat, but he should be consistently productive.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd Round