Jaren Hall Scouting Report | Brigham Young University QB | 2023 NFL Draft
BYU quarterback Jaren Hall began his ascension as the 2022 Independent Quarterback of the Year as a 3-star and 30th-ranked dual-threat prospect in the Class of 2016 out of Spanish Fork, UT. The son of former BYU Cougars running back Kalin Hall, Jaren pledged his commitment to his father’s alma mater during his junior season at Maple Mountain High School, despite receiving a Power 5 offer from the Cougars biggest rival, the Utah Utes.
Before stepping foot on BYU’s campus in the fall of 2018, Hall served a two-year mission for the Church of Latter-Day Saints. When he eventually arrived in Provo, Hall used his first year at BYU as a redshirt season. In the spring of 2019, Hall joined BYU’s baseball team and made 25 appearances, including eight starts in the outfield, and finished the season with a .180 BA, five RBIs, and 12 stolen bases.
As a redshirt freshman in 2019, Hall earned the second-string job behind future number two overall NFL draft pick Zach Wilson. Hall made seven appearances on the season, including consecutive starts in BYU’s final two games. He accumulated 559 all-purpose yards on 31-of-46 passing while adding three rushing touchdowns to his season totals.
Hall did not participate for the Cougars during the 2020 season, as he took a medical redshirt to recover from a hip injury. He would also announce his intentions to leave the BYU baseball program to focus strictly on becoming the Cougars’ starting quarterback for the 2021 football season.
Hall would manifest his goal of becoming BYU’s starting quarterback in 2021 by beating out Baylor Romney during the offseason, becoming the official predecessor to Cougars’ legend Zach Wilson. In his first full year as BYU’s first-team quarterback, Hall led the Cougars to an 8-2 record, which included an upset victory over the 18th-ranked Utah Utes and a 69-point performance over former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and the Virginia Cavaliers. Hall received First Team All-Independent Offense honors for his performance as the first-year starter for the Cougars, posting an impressive stat line of 2,583 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions, with a QBR of 156.1. He also added 307 rushing yards on 62 carries and three rushing touchdowns on the ground.
Although Hall had an opportunity to enter the 2022 NFL Draft, he decided to remain in Provo for one more season, much to the excitement of the BYU faithful. Hall and the Cougars started off the season red-hot, earning a road win over the USF Bulls and knocking off the ninth-ranked Baylor Bears in double overtime at LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU entered week three as the 12th-ranked team in the country but suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the 25th-ranked Oregon Ducks. After beating Wyoming and Utah State in back-to-back weeks, the Cougars dropped four straight games with close losses against Notre Dame, Arkansas, and East Carolina. Fortunately, Hall managed to right the ship over the last three weeks of the season, leading the Cougars to three straight victories against Boise State, Utah Tech, and Stanford to finish his BYU career. Although BYU earned a spot in the New Mexico Bowl against the SMU Mustangs, Hall decided to sit out the bowl game to begin training for the 2023 NFL Draft.
In his final season at BYU, Hall recorded 3,171 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, and six interceptions with a 65.9 completion percentage and 160.8 QBR while contributing 348 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on the ground.
Jaren Hall’s high-level athletic upside, impressive arm talent, and sound decision-making make him one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft Class.
With elite foot quickness, to go along with his exceptional speed and pocket mobility, Hall can extend plays that would often result in loss of yardage for most quarterbacks in the class.
Hall’s quick setup, off-platform accuracy, and keen anticipation/instincts enable him to deliver balls with excellent placement outside the pocket to the short and intermediate ranges of the field. Hall boasts fluid and sudden throwing mechanics with a high, snappy release and the ability to throw from multiple arm angles. Hall’s short-range and intermediate accuracy and velocity are amongst the best in the country, and his sharp internal clock keeps his throws on time and in rhythm.
He is well composed in the pocket, standing tall in the pocket amongst pressure to allow new windows to open up downfield.
Despite his significant arm strength and ability to buy time with his legs, Hall is not a gunslinger. Instead, he plays with the mentality of a game manager, carefully picking out his intended targets and prioritizing ball security and protection. Hall performs with high football intelligence and understands the importance of keeping his offense on schedule.
Hall possesses few holes in his game, but one facet of his skill set he could improve is his deep ball accuracy, as he tends to overshoot his receivers on his level three ball. Still, Hall has a proficient touch to the third level, particularly on his back-shoulder fade to the boundary.
Some scouts might knock Hall for his decent height, weight, and frame, but his size does not negatively affect his on-field performance. Hall has managed to compensate for his slightly above-average build by creating value for himself as a threat to burn defense with his arm and legs outside the pocket.
Hall’s best schematic fit in the NFL is with an offense that prioritizes a power run game with a combination of quick, RPO concepts that would lull a defense to sleep before allowing Hall to push the ball down the field at a moment’s notice.
Hall’s athleticism and arm talent will translate well at the next level and give him the opportunity to find playing time early in his career.
Late 3rd-Mid 4th