A 2022 NFL draft class touted for its depth along the offensive and defensive line also features a number of exciting running back prospects, including Iowa State's Breece Hall. The 20-year-old capped off an impressive college career by racking up 1,774 total yards and 23 touchdowns in 2021.
Hall is widely expected to go in the second round and is a likely target for teams looking to bolster their depth in the backfield. His power and bruising style of running the football could provide a spark on offense, so late's take a look at three of the most likely lading spots for the Cyclones standout.
Breece Hall NFL Draft
1. Buffalo Bills
The Bills may be Hall's best shot at sneaking into the first round. Buffalo owns the No. 25 overall pick and has been searching for a back capable of taking on a full workload for years now. Head coach Sean McDermott's team is a Super Bowl contender, yet it hasn't had a 1,00-yard rusher since 2017. Hall proved he can be a workhorse in college, handling a total of 718 carries across 36 games played. The fact that he was able to average 5.5 yards per attempt while seeing that much attention goes to show how much he fights for the extra yards. Hall is also a fit for Buffalo at No. 57 overall if he somehow falls that far.
2. Houston Texans
It's clear that the Texans are in the midst of a massive rebuild and need help all over the roster. Houston didn't have a single player rush for over 430 yards last season and lacks an elite playmaker in the backfield. Not only did Hall showcase his reliability as a rusher at Iowa State, but he also displayed above average receiving skills. He hauled in 82 passes across three seasons for 734 yards and 6 touchdowns. Hall's ability to break tackles at the line of scrimmage and see holes opening up gives him a ton of upside in the NFL. Seeing him land at No. 37 overall would make a ton of sense.
3. Atlanta Falcons
It can be hard to tell which teams will be targeting RBs and which ones will be staying away from the position in the NFL Draft. Yes, the Falcons just re-signed Cordarrelle Patterson to a two-year deal following his breakout 2021 season. However, backups Mike Davis and Damien Williams are both 29 years of age or older. Bringing in a young stud capable of stepping in for Patterson when necessary would be a smart strategy for head coach Arthur Smith. Hall finished among the top 10 in Heisman voting in each of the last two seasons and has the size needed (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) to provide blitz pickup for new quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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