Rookie Spotlight: Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Height: 6’ 02” (unofficial)
Weight: 200 lbs (unofficial)
40 yard dash: 4.41 (projected)
NFL Comparison: Robby Anderson, J’Mon Moore, Will Fuller
– great out of breaks
– extremely impressive speed
– quick feet
– too many drops/body catches
– injury risk
Scouting Notes: Emanuel Hall thrives on the big play thanks to his elite top-end play speed, so much so that he led the FBS in yards per target(14.0). He’s got a tall, but slender frame, and he gets in and out of his breaks quickly like a much smaller receiver. He’s got a deceptive stutter step that often fools his defender, and if that doesn’t work he can use his impressive speed to get behind the defense. Hall tracks the ball well in the air, but he double catches far too often for my taste and he takes way too many catches into his body – like, an inordinate amount. Even so, he was highly productive when healthy at Missouri, which was not often enough – He was continuously dealing with nagging injuries. Those ailments didn’t seem to take away from his explosive playmaking ability though, so that’s a good sign. Not the most diverse route runner, Hall wasn’t really called to do much besides take the top off of plays. He also wasn’t asked to be a blocker on a regular basis, though he showed considerable effort when tasked. He’ll need to put on a few more pounds in the NFL to be a force to be reckoned with in that department.
Fantasy Outlook: Hall’s injury history and the fact that there are a number of receivers of stature who run more routes and have better hands, will likely keep him out of the first or second round. His speed and big play ability are going to prove far too enticing to ignore for long though. He’s a speedy, deep threat who can develop into a possession receiver too, if he wants. Hall will have to work on catching the ball away from his body, and well, just catching the ball in general, but he’s definitely got potential to be a fantasy contributor on Sundays. He’s the kind of guy that only needs a few targets to turn up big, and that’s just what we love. He’s got all the upside in the world, so he should be targeted sooner than later in dynasty leagues.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Like all rookie profiles, this one will continue to be updated through the winter and spring with intel as we acquire it. When applicable/available, these profiles will be supplemented with transcriptions of scouting combine interviews with the players following the event.
Posted back-to-back games of 170+ receiving yards to open the season, becoming the first Tiger to do so since Danario Alexander in 2009 … Had 171 yards on just four catches with a season-high two touchdowns in the season-opener vs. UT Martin (9/1) … Hauled in 10 catches against Wyoming (9/8), again totaling 171 yards while adding a touchdown … Battled through a groin injury to catch four passes for 88 yards at Purdue, including a 26-yard strike in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning score … The groin injury slowed him against Georgia (9/22) and he did not register a catch … Missed the South Carolina game (10/6) with the groin injury.
An extremely athletic wide out with great hands and a great vertical, his potential as a game-breaking playmaker is what caught the eye of the Mizzou coaching staff … Dubbed as one of the top recruits in the state of Tennessee by Rivals … Competed in the Nike Combine in the spring of 2014 … Was the No. 65-ranked receiver in the 2015 class by 247Sports … Tennessee All-State selection after an outstanding senior season which included 47 receptions for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns, going for a healthy 18.9 yards per catch … Tallied 31 catches for 564 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior season … Chose Mizzou over offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Cincinnati among others … Was an incredible track and field athlete as well, leaping has high as 6-8 in the high jump while winning the Tennessee state championship … Won two AAU Junior Olympic track gold medals in 2011, taking first nationally in both the pentathlon and high jump … High School Coach – Brian Rector.