Centennial graduate and former Missouri receiver Emanuel Hall had to wait a lot longer than expected to find his new home.
After a shocking fall through the NFL Draft’s seven rounds, he’s all settled and ready to prove himself on the league’s biggest stage.
Hall agreed to an undrafted free agent contract with the Chicago Bears Saturday, per his Twitter account.
“Believe me when I say that I don’t need no more motivation,” Hall said of his slide in the draft process on Twitter. “Who ever gets me this fall is getting a dog.”
Hall’s undrafted status stunned most of the football world who knew of his skillset, but Hall seemed to take the lack of a selection in stride.
“Top round talent that fell all the way to free agency, and I’m not discouraged a bit,” he said after the draft ended via Twitter. “When this is all said and done this story is going to be crazy!”
In Chicago, he’ll be trying to make the roster and help quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He joins a receiving group that features Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, rookie Riley Ridley, Javon Wims and Cordarrelle Patterson.
SB Nation’s Charles McDonald wrote he feels that Hall could be a hidden gem in this draft process.
“Hall doesn’t have the most complete style of play, but he can change the course of a game with one play,” he said. “His speed will threaten NFL defenses deep, open up plays in the middle of the field for other receivers, and make life a little easier on his quarterback.
“That Hall hasn’t been considered a first-round prospect doesn’t have to limit him. He has the ability to create big plays the moment he steps on an NFL field. He could turn out to be a bargain-bin gem.”
His old Centennial teammate, former Texas A&M linebacker Tyrel Dodson, is still waiting to hear where he’ll start his career.