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.
#Memphis LB Austin Hall held a Pro Day. He's had communication w/ the #Steelers, #Colts, #Chiefs, #Cowboys, #Raiders & #Bills. #Packers & #49ers have also reached out.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 4, 2020
Incredible numbers. https://t.co/TEW0qhieNG
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.
Memphis’ Austin Hall with a dope interception pic.twitter.com/0l9PyzZC8Q— Billy M (@BillyM_91) October 19, 2019
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.