With the 216th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Andre Hal, cornerback out of Vanderbilt.
Once upon a time, a wise man, who has now mocked three Texans correctly, wrote this about Mr. Hal:
Hal's my pick for slot corner. He's not as quick as Brice McCain, but he's shown the ability to turn his head and cover, so he's likely already better than McCain. Over the past two years, Hal has five interceptions and 29 passes defensed, including a stellar game under the lights against Ole Miss WR, and NFL prospect Donte Moncrief. Good value if Hal's there in round six.
Well, this is round seven so the value is great for the Texans who add Hal to, presumably, compete against Brandon Harris for the slot cornerback role. Hal's smaller, at 5-10 and 188 pounds, but he's aggressive with good vision and anticipation. He's always looking for the ball and wants to make plays. Mr. Hal will also see new Indianapolis rookie Donte Moncrief again.
Thoughts on Hal? Are you as excited as me? Are you mad? Sound off below. If you're unfamiliar with Andre Hal's work, read this superb breakdown by our own Brett Kollmann.