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49ers have reached out to Memphis’ versatile defender Austin Hall

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Hall started all four years at the STAR hybrid position for the Tigers

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Per Justin Melo of The Draft Wire, the 49ers have been one of a handful of teams to reach out to Memphis linebacker Austin Hall following a pro day he put on himself.

Hall has been a versatile defensive piece for the Tigers over the last four years. Originally, Hall came in as a 185-pound defensive back. After redshirting his first year, he became a four-year started at their STAR position, which is a safety/linebacker hybrid.

As a first-time starter, Hall collected 56 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, three pass breakups, and recovered a fumble. In 13 starts as a sophomore, he had a career-high 84 total tackles (second on the team) with eight tackles-for-loss, one sack, three interceptions, five pass breakups, and a fumble returned for a touchdown.

He once again started every game as a junior but saw a minor dip in production after posting 63 total stops. He still managed a career-best nine tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. In my opinion, Hall’s final year as a Tiger saw him put together his most-productive season across the board. He amassed 75 total tackles, another nine tackles-for-loss, a career-high 2.5 sacks, a pair of interceptions, six pass breakups, two more recovered fumbles with one of those going for a touchdown.

Hall is going to be undersized as a linebacker in the NFL, but with the culture of the league going in the direction it has been in terms of ever-evolving defensive schemes, Hall has a great shot of landing somewhere, especially with his ability to play special teams and in sub-package personnel groups. As much as the Niners love their linebackers that can defend the pass, I’m not surprised at all that they’ve shown interest in a player like Hall.