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Analysing Leon Hall’s Dominance in the Slot


Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) puts on his helmet during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Since being becoming, 18th-overall NFL Draft selection for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007, cornerback Leon Hall has been an ironman on defense, playing in 87 games with 81 starts while picking off 22 passes. He’s improved every year under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who has utilized Hall’s talents masterfully, This past year, after coming off of a devastating Achilles tendon tear, Hall bounced back from a slow star to become one of the league’s best corners over the second-half of the season. As he picked off three passes in the final 4 games, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. 

Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads broke down every single play Hall was on the field in the 2012 season, and what he saw was how dominant of a cornerback Hall is when tasked with guarding opposing receivers from the slot position.

"2012 NFL Season Total:Total qualifying plays: 267Failed coverages: 40Shutdowns: 37In Position: 190Hall’s success rate for the season: 85%In Slot:Total qualifying plays: 145Failed coverages: 20Hall’s success rate: 86.2%Quite simply, I very much doubt that there is a better inside cornerback in the NFL than Leon Hall. He doesn’t just do everything well, he doesn’t everything exceptionally well and is one of the most underrated players in this league. He and Mike Zimmer were made to work with each other."

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