Just before week one kicked off, the Niners announced via the team’s website that they signed defensive lineman Daeshon Hall to the practice squad. To make room on the 10-man practice squad, San Francisco also announced that they released defensive lineman Niles Scott. Hall was originally drafted out of Texas A&M by the Carolina Panthers in the third-round (77th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season with Carolina, he saw action in one game, coincidentally against the Niners in week one at Levis. He later hurt his knee and was placed on the Injured Reserve list in October, 2017, where he spent the remainder of the season. He was waived by the Panthers on September 1, 2018, only playing in the regular season one game.

At Texas A&M, Hall played in 52 games — starting 32 of them. He also played three seasons alongside Myles Garrett. He had 158 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in four seasons. He’s best season came as a junior, when he had 54 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and 7 sacks. Hall posted 50 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a senior. He was a well-thought-of prospect coming out of college, getting a second or third-rounf grade from NFL’s Lance Zierlein saying,

” [Hall] Possesses the physical traits, versatility and effort to become an intriguing Day-2 selection, but teams might have to wait on Hall as he is still learning to play with a hand on the ground and needs to continue adding mass to his frame. Hall is nothing special as an edge rusher but has the talent to become an interesting interior rusher as a 3-4 defensive end. If he has enough ruggedness to handle full-time work in the trenches, he could become an eventual starter. The arrow is pointed up, but overdrafting the traits could prove to be a mistake”.

After trading their starting SAM linebacker Eli Harold and cutting free agent addition Jeremiah Attaochu, the Niners had very little depth at SAM/EDGE. The signing of Hall adds depth to a spot that had very little, and also gives the Niners someone with a high draft status a chance to develop without having to use a spot on the 53-man roster. If he pans out, it’s a huge win. If not, it’s not a big investment whatsoever.


 

 

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