The Chicago Bears finally have some depth at the corner position with the additions of Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper. They also resigned Jonathan Banks. The recent additions may have an effect on one of the Bears draft picks from last season.
This actually may be a very smart move by the Bears for multiple reasons. The obvious being that Hall has all the skill that an NFL safety requires. Hall actually played a little safety in college as well. The Bears drafted Hall in the fourth round of last year’s draft. Here is a mini scouting report on him:
He was a cornerback at Northern Iowa but has the size at six-foot-two, 200 pounds and ball skills to make the transition to safety. Hall had 13 interceptions in just three seasons in college. One of his biggest issues was his speed, which good corners usually need in the NFL to keep up with the many fast receivers.
Again, Hall’s skill set is that of an NFL safety. Several experts had Hall coming out as a safety instead of a corner in last year’s draft.
Hall has the height/length/athleticism profile at cornerback that NFL teams will want to develop, but his frenzied feet and undeveloped anticipation indicate his best position at the next level is at safety where he can use his range and read the entire field.
The Bears could use all the help they can get at the safety position. They did sign veteran safety Quintin Demps, but Adrian Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey and Deon Bush have been mediocre, to say the least.
Maybe, Hall and Demps can be the Bears starting safeties when September rolls around.
Now, Hall moving to safety also means that the Bears will have an interesting decision to make regarding Kyle Fuller and Tracey Porter.
Hall was behind Amukamara, Cooper, Porter and Fuller at the corner position. Even if Hall moves on, the Bears still need to add more talent to the corner position, which may indicate that either Fuller or Porter will be cut or traded in the near future.
This makes sense because the Bears can easily take another corner within the first three rounds of the draft. Having a young player with high upside over a disappointing draft pick and an old player is the right move at this point in time for the Bears.
Now, who would the Bears get rid of? Fuller or Porter?
Based on Vic Fangio’s comments during last season I would say Fuller is the most likely to go.
“Any time a guy is hurt, there are three stages to get back to the field,” Fangio said Tuesday. “One is you got to get medical clearance. Two, the player’s got to say he’s ready to go, he feels confident and is champing at the bit to go play. And then the coaches get involved and see if he’s better than what the other choices are, and if he really is back to being ready to play. A has happened, B hasn’t, so C is a non-issue.”
Fuller, 24, was drafted by former Bears general manager Phil Emery in the first round. 2017 will be the last of his four-year deal that he signed coming out of college. Fuller didn’t play a single snap in 2016, which makes it hard for John Fox and Ryan Pace to properly evaluate him.
The frustrating thing about Fuller is that he played the first 32 games of his career and recorded six interceptions, but was very inconsistent at times. Basically, it comes down to the fact that Fox and Pace have seen Porter play enough to know what they’re going to get when the opposite is true for Fuller.
If I was a betting man (which I am), I would bet that Fuller is not a member of the Chicago Bears when the regular season begins.