Like clockwork, Tom Telesco and company wasted no time in signing a handful of defensive backs following the 2019 NFL Draft late last month. And if they keep the hit-rate as high as they have over the last several years, I’d advise them to stick with it.
Since Telesco took over as the general manager for the Chargers at the start of 2013, here are the names of some defensive backs who have made the team as undrafted free agents:
- Jahleel Addae (multi-year starter)
- Adrian Phillips (All-Pro as a special teams player)
- Trevor Williams (Starter in 2017)
- Michael Davis (Started 9 games in 2018)
- Brandon Facyson (Saw action in 15 games in 2018)
Those three defenders were Rodney Randle from Lamar University, Bradford Lemmons from Furman University, and Kemon Hall out of the University of North Texas.
Obviously according to the title, this profile is on the 2018 first team All-Conference USA selection in Hall. Of the three, Hall played at the biggest school while Lemmons and Randle played for mid-major programs.
Hall started at the JUCO ranks, having played his first two years of ball at Itawamba Community College in his home-state of Mississippi. He started his sophomore season in 2016 and totaled 45 stops with a pair of interceptions.
After transferring to UNT, Hall started 25 games across his final two seasons, including 14 in 2017. His stats are below:
2017 (14 starts): 73 tackles - 1 TFL - 1 interception - 8 passes defended - 1 forced fumble
2018 (11 starts): 48 tackles - 1 TFL - 5 interceptions - 2 returned for TDs - 14 passes defended - 1 forced fumble
Kemon Hall – North Texas Cornerback— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) April 30, 2019
5'11" 190 lbs.
▪️83.7 Defense Grade (4th among C-USA CBs)
▪️58.0 Passer Rating Surrendered
▪️5 INTs in 2018 pic.twitter.com/jbCRlGiR2X
As a member of the Mean Green, Hall was also a part of the team’s leadership council. As one of 14 members elected by the team, Hall served as a rotating captain throughout the 2018 season.
Even though Hall’s athletic profile is fairly underwhelming, the Mississippi-native still has a knack for always being around the ball. Besides his six career interceptions, he amassed a staggering 22 pass breakups in that time span, as well.
One thing that I’m keeping an eye on with Hall is that he doesn’t quite reach the height threshold that is common with the recent defensive backs under Gus Bradley. Bradley likes his cornerbacks to be tall and long, and only Rodney Randle is over 6-feet tall.
Regardless, Hall has shown to be a playmaker during his time at North Texas and will be looking to continue that success with the Chargers. With the cornerback room looking pretty stout at the moment, Hall and the other defensive backs may have one of the steeper hills to climb when it comes to making the final 53-man roster.