Breece Hall can take Cardinals running game to another level
By Jim Koch
The Arizona Cardinals would be highly fortunate if Iowa State running back Breece Hall is still available in the second round.
Many fans of the Arizona Cardinals were quite disappointed when Chase Edmonds signed with the Miami Dolphins last month. The former fourth-round pick had been a solid contributor, but fellow free-agent running back James Conner became more of a priority for the Cards’ front office.
Arizona general manager Steve Keim now has the responsibility of finding a replacement for the departed Edmonds. That task will become easier if a certain ball carrier is still on the board when the second round of the upcoming draft rolls around.
Iowa State University’s Breece Hall is a powerful offensive weapon who ran roughshod over collegiate defenses during the past three years. The 6-foot-1, 221-pounder also flashed his breakaway speed at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in an outstanding 4.39 seconds.
Breece Hall would be an excellent addition to the Arizona Cardinals offense
Last fall, Hall rumbled for 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground for the Cyclones. In addition to those impressive numbers, the Wichita, Kansas native also caught 36 passes for 302 yards and another three scores. Hall was named a Consensus All-American following that sensational junior campaign, and just a couple of days later, the 20-year-old declared for the 2022 draft.
Hall was phenomenal for Iowa State during the 2020 season as well. The sophomore led the nation with 1,572 yards rushing and also hauled in 23 passes for an additional 180 yards. Hall found his way into the end zone a magnificent 23 times, and he was named a Unanimous All-American for his efforts.
The Cardinals did attempt to find a back during free agency earlier this month when they brought in fifth-year pro Darrel Williams for a visit. Keim and the Kansas City Chiefs veteran couldn’t come to an agreement, so the 27-year-old Williams is still searching for work.
A backfield featuring Conner and Hall could potentially give the Redbirds one of the most formidable running back duos in professional football. The Cards could find that type of scenario too intriguing to pass up if the Iowa State prospect is still there for the organization in round two.