The Buffalo Bills could be looking to add a running back in the 2022 NFL Draft and there is no player better than Breece Hall this year. Let’s take a look at the player and how he might fit with this offense.
Weight: 217 pounds
Arms: 31 1/4″
Hands: 9 3/4″
Breece Hall would play 36 games at Iowa State and finished with 3,941 rushing yards, 5.5 yards per attempt, 50 rushing touchdowns, 82 receptions, 734 receiving yards, and six receiving touchdowns.
The past two seasons, Hall was a majority of what Iowa State did on offense with over 1,450 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Even with the increase in rushing attempts, Hall got more efficient with those carries as he averaged 5.6 and 5.8 yards per carry those seasons.
NFL.com Scouting Report by Lance Zierlein
"Will give NFL evaluators early starter vibes with his blend of size, power and creativity. Hall isn’t very sudden in tight quarters but gets better as the run play progresses with good vision and an above-average sense for how to beat second-level tacklers. He has surprising build-up speed once he’s in the open field but might not have the instant gas to become a plus outside runner. His running style is willful when it needs to be and he’s adept at moving the chains on “got to have it” short-yardage carries. Hall has full-package, three-down talent with surprisingly soft hands out of the backfield and should find early touches as a Day 2 draft pick with above-average potential."
How he fits with the Buffalo Bills
If the Buffalo Bills were to draft Breece Hall, it would likely be in the first or second round. When considering that type of draft capital, the Bills should treat Hall like a featured running back in this offense and he would get a majority of the work.
He is certainly a player that is capable of handling that workload as he showed during his time at Iowa State. Hall can make an impact on the ground as well as through the air with over 20 receptions each season in college.
The biggest concern with Hall is certainly the workload he had over the past three seasons. It is a double-edge sword because it is great to see he can handle that workload but it could also be a concern when thinking about the wear and tear on a running back.
The running back position is one that teams have typically not invested an early draft pick on but when considering the needs the Buffalo Bills have, this is a selection that could make a great deal of sense for this offense.