Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores defensive back Andre Hal (23) smiles and celebrates after they beat the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Florida Gators 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Round 7: Texans select Andre Hal of Vanderbilt

With their first seventh-round selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have selected Andre Hal, a cornerback from Vanderbilt.

Hal was the 216th overall selection, the first pick of the seventh and final round.

His NFL.com draft profile says of his strengths:

“Has man-cover skills. Good balance and flexibility to mirror receivers off the line. Enough speed to run with receivers. Good zone awareness, read-and-react and plant-and-drive. Confident and competitive. Has kickoff-return experience. Solid intangibles.”

The Texans do need some help at defensive back, but Hal might be able to make the team by playing well enough for the special teams as well, which I feel is a big need for the Texans headed into the 2014 season.

In four years at Vanderbilt, Hal totaled 133 tackles (96 solo) with no sacks and six interceptions.

In his senior season, he totaled 49 tackles (33 solo) with three interceptions while playing in the SEC.

He’s projected as a player who could be a fourth or fifth corner on a roster.

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