NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans took a CB out of Vanderbilt, Andre Hal, to kick off the 7th round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Hal is the 5th player the Texans have selected from the SEC in this draft.
A three-star cornerback recruit, Andre ?Dre? Hal committed to Vanderbilt prior to his senior year in high school, choosing the Commodores over Nebraska and Louisiana Tech. He provided depth behind Casey Hayward as a freshman and sophomore, spending most of his time on special teams at kick returner. Hal became a full-time starter in 2012 as a junior, taking over for Hayward, and set career-bests in 2013 as a senior with 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 18 passes defended and three interceptions, earning Second Team All-SEC honors the past two seasons. Hal lacks imposing size or length for the position, something that shows up in run support and in coverage when pushed around by more physical receivers. It?s easy to appreciate his aggressive, competitive nature when the ball is in the air, showing very good sideline and overall field awareness, but he needs to improve his eye discipline to keep track of his man while also keeping tabs on the quarterback. Hal lacks the physical traits to be a consistent NFL starter, but his tough, confident approach to the game should keep him on a roster and allow him to help in dime situations.