Emanuel Hall Calls Shot -- and Delivers -- at the NFL Combine, and He Hopes the Hometown Titans Took Notice


INDIANAPOLIS – Emanuel Hall called his shot on Friday.

"I think my speed is something that's a game-changer – that's my elite characteristic, that's what I do," Hall said on Friday. "I think a lot of people are going to see that on Saturday. .. I think a lot of special stuff is going to happen."

Hall, a receiver who played at Centennial High School in Franklin, Tenn., and in college at Missouri, ran a 4.39-second 40-yard-dash in his shiny gold shoes.

He also turned in a broad jump of 11 feet, 9 inches, which tied for second best in combine history. It was the best ever by a wide receiver.

Yes, it was a heck of a day for Hall.

"This is something I have dreamed about since I was a kid," Hall said. "Just to be here on this stage, it's crazy."

Hall hopes he made folks back home proud. His mom, Shannon, was in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I am representing Missouri, and I am representing the Nashville area," Hall said. "And that is something I am taking a lot of pride in. At the end of the day, that is what made me. That is what shaped me, and that is what helped me get to where I am. I am thankful for all those people in the (Nashville) area who have helped me."

With a smile on his face, Hall had plenty to be proud of at the NFL Combine on Saturday. And he looked healthy, even though he admitted he's still not 100 percent yet because of a lingering groin injury.

Hall battled injuries during the 2018 season -- he had to leave the Senior Bowl early.

The combine broad jump record was previously set by Byron Jones in 2015. Jones' leap — 12'3" — was a world record. Hall's mark bested the previous wide receiver record set by Christian Conley (11-7).

Texas A&M linebacker Tyrel Dodson, Hall's high school teammate at Centennial, wasn't surprised.

At Centennial, Hall was an All-State selection after a senior season which included 47 receptions for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns, going for 18.9 yards per catch. Hall said he's received a lot of support from his friends and family back home.

"Emanuel, he jumps high, he runs fast, he catches balls," Dodson said. "He's an all-around football player. I knew he would do amazing, and I am so proud of him."

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock wasn't shocked either.

"Once everyone sees him run, sees the stride he has — he'll run by anyone," Lock said of Hall. "He's definitely a little slept on right now, but I think after the testing, people will wake up about him."

Hall's speed and performance in drills undoubtedly got the attention of NFL teams.

He hopes the Titans – his hometown team – were among those who noticed. In 2018 at Missouri, Hall caught 37 passes for 828 yards and six touchdowns, a year after catching 33 passes for 817 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hall said he's talked to roughly 15 teams in Indianapolis this week, including the Titans.

"The meeting with the Titans went good – that's actually one team that's talked to me a lot," Hall said. "And honestly, getting drafted to your hometown city would be awesome – and (the NFL Draft) is in Nashville, so it would be even more awesome.

"So it is almost like it's meant for me to be in this draft because it is in my hometown. But I am excited about whatever teams picks me. I am excited to work with all teams."


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