BYU football: How Jaren Hall is stacking up in NFL projections

Jaren Hall is getting mentions as a possible first-round draft pick in 2023. If you ask former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer to chime in, he likes Hall’s chances and he supports his backup Jacob Conover if BYU calls his number.

The thing about Hall will be his durability following some injury issues in his college career. But Detmer, who worked with Hall before he signed to play at BYU, says the challenge will be for him to prove he can stay healthy. Detmer also offered Arizona 4-star QB Conover a scholarship while working as offensive coordinator at BYU.

The hype for Hall is real.

Take a look at some mock 2023 draft chatter and Detmer’s assessment is not out of the ordinary, except its obvious bias as a friend and mentor of the past half-decade.

“The guy’s done everything they’ve asked him to do. & Nbsp; He’s become a leader of a team. He’s athletic and he’s showing that he can run the offense. ” – Ty Detmer on BYU quarterback Jaren Hall

Christian Williams of Rush Fourprojects Hall as the No. Pick 6 in the first round by the Detroit Lions.

Writes Williams: “This one might shock some, but if we’re talking of toolsy, athletic quarterback prospects, Jaren Hall should be involved. Hall is a dynamic athlete with true dual-threat ability. He’s fantastic throwing on the run, and while his arm strength isn’t elite, it certainly isn’t a hindrance on most occasions. His game reminds me of Kyler Murray, albeit a lesser version at this stage of his career. Hall has had two redshirt years and will enter the 2023 NFL Draft as an older prospect, but he has an opportunity to grow as a passer against top-flight talent in 2022. I think he could take steps forward and end up a surprise riser. “

Hall went to Detmer’s quarterback camp during high school.

In an interview with BYUtv this past weekDetmer was asked to comment on Hall and his backup, Conover.

Hall impresses Detmer

“I love Jaren, he’s a great player, a great young man,” said Detmer, now the head coach at the American Leadership Academy in Arizona. “When I came back and coached there in 2016, it seemed like forever ago, but he was committed and then kind of not sure what he was gonna do and we kind of re-recruited him. I’ve worked with Jaren at some of the camps we’ve been there in Utah in the past, and just felt really good about him being a part of the program. And then he served the mission and came back, so it’s been six years since we had those conversations.

“But the guy’s done everything they’ve asked him to do. He has become a leader of a team. He’s athletic and he’s showing that he can run the offense. When things break down, he’s athletic enough to extend plays and get it to his guys. He obviously had a successful season last year, and I really feel like he’ll build on that this year. “

Hall’s mobility, a display of skill on a long TD run against the Big 12 champion Baylor on the road and another long jaunt against the Pac 12 champion Utah that was called back, is a feature NFL teams are looking for out of QB talent these days. Detmer.

The way the game is moving, everybody is looking for guys that can extend plays, create, run the system, and he’s got a great foundation there at BYU, “said Detmer. He also said he shouldn’t blame Hall for putting him in the draft after the end of next season as a Covid-year junior.

“I think most quarterbacks that come out of BYU kind of have an age situation. They want to try to play for as long as they can and so, if you’re 23 or 24 it kind of gets to the point where you’ve got to get that clock started in the NFL, especially with a couple years. the starter. He (Hall) must stay healthy and go through the season and do all those things this year to get to that point. If everything goes as planned, I think he’s ready for that next jump after the season. “

Experience is key

Because Hall did so well last year and spent a lot of time with BYU’s offensive designs, Detmer thinks he has proven to be a smart, savvy quarterback. Looking back at his career, getting playing time as a freshman, then having a solid sophomore year in 1989, it was the perfect situation to set him up as the Heisman winner in 1990.

“What happens is you really get comfortable in that role. Then in my senior year I was kind of establishing myself as a team leader and managing the young guys that were coming through that season. Hall has a lot of guys coming back, but he’s also lost a few guys, so it’s getting those young players to catch up quickly and help them be ready.

“You know, the main thing for quarterbacks every year, especially year two, is just staying healthy and being smart. For me, my second year being the starter was 1990, the Heisman year, but fortunately, I was able to play as a sophomore and had that season under my belt. Then my senior year was just kind of establishing myself and being a team leader and managing the young guys that were coming through that season. So this will be for him a little bit. “

Conover’s patience

Detmer said so many quarterbacks want to play right away these days, but there is wisdom to be learned if you have to sit. He sees this benefiting Conover, who won the backup QB job at BYU in the spring.

“I was actually offered (Conover) while I was there and felt really good about him. He’s been down here working with Max Hall when he’s in town (Arizona). He has a very strong arm and he really throws it well and accurately. Just watching him back in high school, he’s smart. He wasn’t known for taking off and running, but I remember he pulled it down in a state playoff game and took off when he had to. He is a very competitive kid that loves the game. I think BYU is in great shape right now in that QB room. They have had guys leave for greener pastures – or what they think are greener pastures.

“I’m proud of Jacob for hanging in there and waiting for his time. I think it will pay off for him when he does get a shot. I’m excited for him, “said Detmer, who passed for more than 15,000 yards and 121 touchdowns as a collegian, both at NCAA records at the time.

In 2021 Hall passed for 2583 yards and 20 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. He had a QB rating of 78, no 15 nationally, and a pass efficiency rating of 147 leading BYU to a 5-0 record against the Pac 12. He didn’t play in BYU’s bowl game, losing to Alabama-Birmingham in the Independence Bowl last December.

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