Hall: Focus on Belk Bowl, not NFL Draft

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Bryce Hall's performance in his junior season at Virginia hasn't just earned the cornerback All-America honors from various outlets. It has also drawn attention from NFL Draft analysts.

A true junior, Hall is eligible for this year's draft if he chose to leave school a year early. His name started popping up in mock drafts mid-season. In the site's latest mock draft released on Tuesday, CBSSports.com projected Hall to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 23 overall in the first round.

But while speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, Hall dismissed any NFL Draft talk, saying he's only worried about the Cavaliers' season finale against South Carolina in the Belk Bowl on December 29.

"Right now I'm just solely focused on South Carolina, developing the best I can as a player," Hall said. "That type of stuff tends to take away from what we're building to as a team, so I'm kind of setting that aside right now and just focusing on this week, and just preparing for South Carolina."

Within the past week, Hall has been named a second-team All-American by both the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America. He's the first-ever UVA cornerback to be named an All-American by either outlet.

Hall leads the country with 20 pass breakups, and his 22 passes defended ranks second in the nation. He also finished the regular season with 59 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He was an All-ACC first team selection last month.



 
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