San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina attended Sam Houston State's pro day to watch defensive tackle P.J. Hall, according to Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst.

Also in attendance was Brendan Daly, the defensive line coach for the New England Patriots. The Patriots met and interviewed Hall on Sunday night, according to the Bearkats' official Twitter page.

"The school's top prospect, defensive tackle P. J. Hall, has not disappointed those who made the trip and seems like a man on a mission," wrote Pauline. "Hall, who was dominant for three days of Shrine practice, measured 6-1/308 pounds. He touched an impressive 38 inches in the vertical jump, reached 9-feet-8-inches in the broad jump and completed 36 reps on the bench.

"His first forty-time clocked under 4.8s (4.76s on a few watches) into the wind while his second attempt, with the wind, was under 4.7s (4.68s on a few watches)."

While Hall didn't receive an invite to the combine, he had a strong week at the East-West Shrine Game, which included a sack of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. Hall had at least 12 sacks in two different seasons with the Bearkats and three seasons with 11-or-more. In four years, he registered 284 combined tackles with 86.5 for a loss and 42 sacks.

The two-time first-team Associated Press FCS All-American has experience as an edge rusher but played defensive tackle for his senior year (per Lance Zierlein of NFL Media), which explains the decrease in sacks from his first three seasons. Hall's 60 combined tackles in 2017 earned him first-team All-Southland Conference honors. He also tied the FCS lead with four blocked kicks.

Hall was the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 after recording 56 combined tackles, 24.5 for a loss, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 13 starts.

Hall patterns himself after Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

"He is not the biggest, but he is very explosive and powerful," Hall told Full Press Coverage in February. "He is just hard to block all around." projects Hall to be a Day 3 selection, possible in round 6 or 7 of the draft. However, his strong Shrine Game showing has many analysts predicting him to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

Lance Zierlein of NFL Media, who compares Hall to Rakeem Nunez-Roches, had the following to say in his scouting report:

"What Hall lacks in height, weight and length, he makes up for with power and quickness. Hall has the quickness and strength to be disruptive against the run and pass as a shade nose or reduced front three-technique. His level of production in every category imaginable could foreshadow his ability to translate into the NFL, but he will have to prove he can maintain his weight and stand up to the rigors of the interior with bigger men across from him."


Height: 6-1
Weight: 310 lbs.

College Statistics

Year G Tkl Loss Sk
2013 RS - - -
2014 16 93 24.0 12.0
2015 15 75 19.0 11.0
2016 13 56 24.5 13.0
2017 12 60 19.0 6.0
Totals 56 284 86.5 42.0