Spring workouts saw first-round pick Eli Apple flash the potential that caused the Giants to select him 10th overall. Donte Deayon, a 5-foot-9, 158-pound undrafted free agent, also impressed. Still, the Giants don’t have a lot of proven depth at the cornerback position.
Hall, 31, is a nine-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent offseason back surgery and has suffered a pair of torn Achilles tendons since 2013. He has 105 starts in 121 career regular-season games and remains an effective slot corner.
What he offers: Leon Hall is still a very technically sound player with a good football IQ. He's been reduced to a nickel CB, but that role still sees about 60 percent of the total snaps, and he's still one of the best nickel corners in the league. He's physical, presses well and offenses should never throw wide receiver screens in his direction. Hall is still one of the best tackling corners in the NFL today. Hall has also rotated into safety for some packages and has practiced there in training camp. I think he could extend his career a few years as a safety and nickel CB.
Concerns: Concerns with Hall are due to past injuries. It's amazing that he's come back from two Achilles injuries, but they have severely slowed him down. His top speed is almost all but gone and he doesn't have the short area quickness he once had. Hall is at his best in zone coverage and shouldn't be put outside in man coverage. His ball skills have largely been average throughout his career and combined with his lack of speed, it makes Hall a liability on deep passes.
The Giants don’t appear to be Hall’s likely destination. He has received interest from the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and the Bengals this offseason. Still, would it be a good idea for the Giants to add Hall to the roster?