CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (VirginiaSports.com) – Virginia senior cornerback Bryce Hall (Harrisburg, Pa.) was selected by the New York Jets during Saturday’s fifth round of the National Football Draft. Hall was the 158th overall pick and the first cornerback drafted out of Virginia since Tim Harris was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round, 198th overall, in 2019.
Hall is the first Cavalier drafted by the Jets since 2013 when offensive tackle Oday Aboushi was taken in the fifth round. Hall is the 10th Cavalier all-time to be drafted by the Jets.
Hall, a second-team All-American in 2018, suffered a season-ending injury in game No. 5 at Miami. Prior to injury, Hall didn’t allow a single catch on 52 press coverage snaps in 2019. According to Pro Football Focus, Hall forced an incompletion on 24.8 percent of targets since 2017. That is the second-highest rate in college football over that span. As a junior in 2018, Hall led the nation with 22 breakups and was tied for No. 1 in the nation with 24 passes defended. Hall earned first-team All-ACC accolades in 2018 and was a second-team All-American by the prestigious Walter Camp Foundation and Football Writers Association of America.