Emanuel Hall, Damarea Crockett and Terez Hall did not get drafted during the 2019 NFL Draft, but both players already know where their NFL careers will begin.
Emanuel Hall signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears; Crockett did the same with the Houston Texans. Terez Hall is headed to New England.
I have signed with the Chicago bears ⬇️— Emanuel Hall (@emanuelhall) April 27, 2019
H-Tine here I come!!!! Texans baby lets go to work! https://t.co/TqYcWtZcHU— Damarea Crockett #16 (@DamareaCrockett) April 27, 2019
Missouri LB Terez Hall has agreed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the Patriots, per a source.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 27, 2019
UPDATE: Paul Adams, Kendall Blanton sign as undrafted free agents
Adams is off to the New York Giants; Blanto is heading to the LA Rams.
Missouri offense offensive lineman Paul Adams will sign with the Giants his agent tells me.— Alex Schiffer (@TheSchiffMan) April 27, 2019
While Crockett going undrafted was not unexpected, Hall not hearing his name called during any of the seven rounds of the draft certainly was a surprise.
Hall was a lethal deep threat when healthy at Missouri, but nagging injuries held him to only 18 games over his final two years. Still, he finished his career in Columbia with 97 receptions for 2,016 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging over 20 yards per catch. If you break down his junior and senior stats by games played, Hall averaged just under four catches a game for 91 yards — again, Hall is an unbelievable deep threat in a vertical passing attack.
asked mizzou receiver emanuel hall, who averaged 24.8 yards per catch in 2017 and 22.4 yards per catch in 2018, to draw up his favorite passing play.— charles mcdonald (#1 chris lindstrom fan) (@FourVerts) March 1, 2019
this seems about right. pic.twitter.com/woe7d3Y8yM
In 2018, Hall ranked fourth in the SEC in catches over 20 yards and third in catches over 30 yards; again, he only appeared in nine games last year. No other player in the top 15 in those stat rankings played in fewer than 11 games.
But, again — those injuries. Per The Tennessean, Hall suffered a groin tear in 2018 (a little more specific wording than the “groin and hamstring injury” the team announced). He also had to deal with the unexpected death of his father last fall. After the season, Hall had injuries that limited him during the Senior Bowl week. At the NFL Combine, however, Hall stood out, running a 4.39-40 with a 43.5-inch vertical while broad jumping 11 feet, eight inches — a Combine record for receivers.
Those injuries likely overshadowed Hall’s productivity and testing results, landing him outside of the draft. But, Hall isn’t letting this small set back stop him:
Top round talent that fell all the way to free agency, and I’m not discouraged a bit. When this is all said and done this story is going to be crazy!— Emanuel Hall (@emanuelhall) April 27, 2019