Seems that Browns GM Phil Savage has a knack for mining that hidden talent pool. Players such as Daven Holly, Derek Anderson, Joshua Cribbs, Lawrence Vickers, Eric Wright, and Brandon McDonald come to mind when thinking of some of Savage’s finds in his time here as GM to date. Well early reports seem to indicate that this draft was no different, especially with 7th round OLB Alex Hall, who has done nothing but impress during his time thus far with the club.
Hall has been given an opportunity to get more reps in during camp with Antwan Peek’s recent injury, and Hall is also benefiting from learning the system from vets like Willie McGinest, Kamerion Wimbley, and Peek. So far in camp, the St. Augustine product has intercepted a Brady Quinn screen pass, had a few would be sacks, and shown great speed off the edge.
It may be too soon to anoint Hall as the answer to the other pass-rushing OLB that the Browns need, because he is still raw and needs some more developmental time. However it’s safe to say that his future looks bright, and isn’t out of the question that he can at least contribute some this year as a back-up and on special teams.