Southland Conference draft class impresses

From FOX Sports - April 17, 2018

(STATS)That former Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe has won the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award for two straight seasons underscores the Southland Conferences reputation as an offensive conference.

But the prospects for next weeks NFL draft indicate defensive and special teams talent are particularly in demand this year.

Sam Houston State defensive tackle P.J. Hall has been one of the bigger risers on draft boards in the last month after testing well at his pro day. The 6-foot, 308-pounder has impressive speed for his size4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dashand power36 reps on the 225-pound bench presswith the versatility to be moved across the line. He generally played defensive end with the Bearkats, cranking out an FCS-career record 86 1/2 tackles for loss as well as 42 sacks and 14 blocked kicks.

He is so explosive and does not get fooled by what blockers are doing, said Halls college defensive line coach Rod Wright, who played four seasons in the NFL. He recognizes blocks well, and is going to be a tough for anyone whether he is playing inside or outside.


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