Point-Counterpoint:DeAngelo Hall

With the release this week of former Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall by the Oakland Raiders, fans of every other team are asking themselves if Hall would be a good fit for their team.  And most fans are answering yes, and most front offices are saying no.  So, would Hall be a good sign for the Rams?  Let’s go point/counterpoint.  Additionally, Hall has passed through waivers with his funky contract and can be signed by any team for any price.  That makes him even more attractive.

Point: DeAngelo Hall is a former Pro-Bowler and a very talented corner.

Counterpoint: Hall was overrated in 2007 after having a few good years and was exposed in 2008 in Oakland.  Hall’s problems are not talent, but between the ears.

Point: The Rams are low on corners and have another in season pickup Jason Craft at nickel corner.

Counterpoint: The Rams are solid at starting corners with Fakhir Brown and the quickly improving Ron Bartell.  Jason Craft is a depth corner, but is a quality veteran.  Tye Hill will be back in a week or so to play nickel corner as well.

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Point: The Rams are low on talent and depth and Hall would help out both.

Counterpoint: The Rams not only need talent, but character guys who will play hard for Jim Haslett.

Point: Hall is still young and could play well in the next few seasons.

Counterpoint: The Rams have a lot of corners in 2009.  Brown, Bartell, Hill, Craft, Jonathan Wade (still very raw) and 2008 draftee who lost his whole 2008 season to injury – Justin King.

Final Assessment: If Hall would accept an incentive laden contract to come to the Rams, they should at least explore signing him.  I think the problems he would bring will be more than the benefit he would provide to the Rams.  Tye Hill is returning soon to bring more talent to the nickel corner.  Ron Bartell is growing rapidly into a good starting corner and the Rams do not want to limit that development by pushing him to nickel corner.  Leonard Little and Adam Carriker getting back to full speed with also help the defensive backfield by putting more pressure on the quarterback.

In the end, Hall will probably end up with the free-spending and Pacman-less Dallas Cowboys or the always in need of CBs New England Patriots.  But, it probably does not hurt to kick the tires.


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One Response to “Point-Counterpoint:DeAngelo Hall”

  1. Izzy says:

    The guy is off to DC. I never thought he was that good to begin with.Anyways, As long as we (the RAMS) don’t have the right mix of guys in the trenches, O line and D line, we WILL NOT win many games.

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