It took until Day 3, but a Mountain West Conference player was finally drafted.
San Diego State DB Darren Hall became the first player out of the MWC to be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hall ended up being a 4th rounder, and the 108th overall selection.
Hall figured to fit into Atlanta’s long-term plans. He is a physical defensive back who is only a season removed from leading the FBS in pass-breakups.
His strengths are his football and ability to read plays as they are happening and adjust accordingly, getting in position to make a play. Hall also has active hands and gets in position to make a play on the ball.
His weaknesses are a lack of size at the NFL level (5’11”) and a tendency to blow his assignments at times, something that won’t fly at the NFL level. He will have to shore that up if he wants to see steady snaps going forward.
The Falcons don’t have many locks in their cornerback room, so Darren can find an immediate role if he impresses early on. Rookie mini-camp and summer OTAs will be huge for him to master the playbook and get up to speed at the NFL level.