The Texans selected Vanderbilt cornerback Andre Hal with their first pick of the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Hal, 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, was graduated Friday with a degree with a degree in sociology.
The Port Allen, Louisiana native spoke with Texans coaches last week and is looking forward to playing behind No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.
"I know you all just drafted Jadeveon Clowney so I'd love to be behind him and get interceptions off of him," Hal said in a conference call Saturday.
Hal's skillset as a corner and his ability to contribute on special teams as a kick returner make him the type of versatile player that head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have been selecting in this year's draft. Hal considers himself a student of the gamel.
"I study technique quite a bit," Hal said. "As a kid, I study Champ Bailey and I watch him and how he played and his attention to detail. I feel like I'm a technician of the game."
Hal played in 50 games during his collegiate career, logging 133 tackles, six interceptions, and 37 passes defensed. Hal was named Second Team All-SEC by both league head coaches and the Associated Press.
During his senior season, Hal started 11 games and was voted defensive co-captain. He finished the 2013 season with 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery. He led the SEC with 18 passes defensed and earned himself a postseason invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.