Logan Hall to headline UH Pro Day, Marcus Jones has a busy schedule

Logan Hall grabbed the bar and pumped bench press after bench press, showing strength, endurance and explosiveness. The University of Houston standout defensive lineman and Senior Bowl All-Star selection didn’t stop until he completed 25 reps on the Cougars’ Pro Day.

At 6-foot-6 and 288 pounds, Hall represents an intriguing combination of size, speed and passing skills. He recorded 6 sacks last season for the Coogs, and he put on a show with his change of direction and mobility in positional drills as every NFL team attended pro practice on campus on Friday at the exception of the defending Super Bowl champion, the Los Angeles Rams.

Hall practiced before Texans general manager Nick Caserio and personnel manager James Liipfert, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams, Buffalo Bills executive Lake Dawson, the Las Vegas Raiders scout Calvin Branch, New Orleans Saints executive CJ Leak, Kyle O’Brien, New York Giants senior personnel manager, Jon Salge, Tennessee Titans director of college scouting, Mike Sholiton, director of Minnesota Vikings college scout, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout Mark Gorscak, and Washington Commanders executive vice president of player personnel Marty Hurney.

“When I got here, Logan Hall, I tried to talk him into moving to tackle because he was so clumsy I thought he was going to hurt people in practice because he was falling all the time. time,” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. “He said, ‘No, I’m fine.’ Then he gained 60 pounds, matured, and became what I think is a first-round pick.

“Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t get picked late in the first round like Payton Turner was. Logan did a good job today. Obviously, I was wrong. He was right. He will be a first- or second-round draft pick. »

Between Hall’s rare explosiveness for a big man, his relentless pursuit, and his growing repertoire of passing-rushing moves, he’s become a rising prospect in the NFL Draft. He’s ranked anywhere from a late first-round draft target by scouts to somewhere in the top 50 picks. Hall had 13 tackles for loss last season, including three for a loss to Tulane with a pair of sacks.

“Logan Hall is a great player, a potentially great defensive lineman,” an AFC scout said. “I think he could go to the first round depending on how the players come off the board, but he’s very deserving and very disruptive. I like his game very much and I also received very good reports on his character.

In the Senior Bowl All-Star Game, Hall excelled after setting his ambitions to prove to NFL scouts he deserved to follow former college defensive linemates Ed Oliver and Turner as the final first-round picks. from HU.

Turner was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round last year. There have been some comparisons between Hall and his friend, with Turner being more of a point passer. Oliver is an extremely athletic defensive tackle and Outland Trophy winner, who Buffalo selected ninth overall in 2019.

“Payton is like a big brother to me, and Ed is a bit older, but we’re cool,” Hall said. “We had a few conversations when he comes back to town to train. He’s a great guy and my ears are always open and I try to learn when he comes.

“These guys put UH on the map. They give me a lot of motivation. It proves the UH guys can do it and play at the highest level. I want to dominate like them. It gives me a lot of confidence. »

Hall mainly lines up inside above the guard, handling linemen unable to cope with his violent charge. He also lined up at defensive end and nose tackle, displaying his trademark versatility.

Hall uses a jab and a swat, a swimming motion, and is fluid and quick in pursuit. Plus, he has the strength to push people around the line of scrimmage. He has the speed to chase ball carriers on sweeps and out-of-area runs.

Hall finished his career with 19.5 tackles for a loss (97 tackles) and 7 sacks.

“He’s one of the best defensive tackles I’ve ever coached,” Holgorsen said. “He will play for a long time. He is a special young man with a bright future.

Hall mimics NFL defensive linemen, including Arik Armstead of the San Francisco 49ers and DeForest Buckner of the Indianapolis Colts. In college, defensive coordinator Doug Belk coached Hall.

“I’m grateful to him because I feel like he helped put me in this position, and I’m grateful to all the coaches at UH,” Hall said. “They put me on the path to greatness.”

A first-team All-AAC selection, Hall was a lanky 6’5″, 218 pounds in high school. He steadily gained weight and strength. Some NFL scouts consider him a hybrid defensive tackle and defensive end.

“Logan is a big young guy with a ton of talent,” agent Drew Pittman said. “He’s worked extremely hard to get to this point.”

All-American Consensus cornerback and kick returner Marcus Jones is recovering healthy from surgeries on each shoulder. He expects to make a full recovery in training camp.

Jones returned 4 kickoffs for touchdowns last season and intercepted 5 passes. He tied the NCAA’s all-time record with 9 kickoff returns for touchdowns, including his two seasons at Troy.

Jones was unable to practice on Friday. However, he has top-30 visits with the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Las Vegas Raiders, medical check-up on April 13, New England Panthers. Carolina and the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a league source.

“It’s really tough, but I’m here for my teammates,” Jones said. “I want to see them progress. My shoulders are fine. I have six weeks on the left and three months on the right. I will be 100% healthy in training camp. This is the main. »

Jones met with the Texans extensively after practice with Falcons and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams.

“Texans mostly talked to me about staying healthy, staying patient and staying on track,” Jones said. “My son lives an hour from here. It would be great to play in Houston. It certainly means a lot. I want to be a professional athlete, and that means staying on track, staying consistent, and being healthy.

Jones also played wide receiver. He won the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in college football. Jones was also named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and was the school’s first consensus All-American since Ed Oliver.

“Marcus is Marcus,” Holgorsen said. “He’s arguably the best returner that’s ever played, and I’ve coached Tavon Austin and Wes Welker, two of the best. He’s arguably better at that, plus he can play both attack and defense.

“We thought not being able to train might hurt him, but you put the video on and you can see what he can do and you meet him and it blows your mind. After meeting him, they discover that he can do whatever he wants and be successful. The skill set speaks for itself.

Pass rusher David Anenih had 4 sacks, 9 tackles for a loss and 10 quarterback hits last season. He has recorded 20.5 career sacks.

Anenih ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds on Pro Day Houston, benched 225 pounds 25 times, and leapt 37/5 inches vertically. Anenih said his best adjustment was in a 3-4 defense. Individually, he met with Vance Joseph and Atlanta Falcons outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino.

Anenih’s weight increased to 254 pounds in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game, dropping from 240 pounds during the season to 247 pounds on his pro day with a goal to play at 250 pounds. He is expected to attend the Texans Hometown Prospects Day on Monday and also has a top-30 visit with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I can move, I can move well,” Anenih said. “I showed that I can move well for a guy of my height, weight and height. My movements, backing up and dragging, are not a problem for me. It means a lot to me because since I was I dreamed of it as a child. Finally, it’s here. My dreams are about to finally come true.

Meanwhile, center bench Kody Russey pressed 225 pounds 38 times, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 seconds and made a 30-inch vertical leap.

According to NFL scouts, outside linebacker Deontay Anderson (6-foot-1, 218 pounds) ran from 4.56 to 4.69 seconds. He did a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-1 long jump, and also performed safety drills. Anderson is attracting interest from the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Texans, Steelers and Bills, league sources say.

McNeese State defensive end Isaiah Chambers, a UH transfer, wore a jersey with his career stats: 27.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss.

He was a two-time first-team All-American in the Football Championship Subdivision and had 18 sacks at McNeese State.

“I had to dominate at this level,” Chambers said. “I did that, I achieved my goal.”

Aaron Wilson is a reporter and analyst for Pro Football Network and a contributor to Sports Talk 790.

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