The Minnesota Vikings have announced that they have traded an undisclosed pick for P.J. Hall, a defensive tackle. Originally drafted in the 2nd round by the Raiders, Hall will compete for a starting position.
Michael Pierce – who was signed to replace Linval Joseph – recently opted-out of the upcoming season due to concerns about Covid-19. As a result, the Vikings are thin at DT. A free agent signing or trade always seemed likely.
The Raiders initially planned to cut Hall. Instead of competing for Hall in free agency, the Vikings chose to send what is likely a late-round pick to the Raiders.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hall was the 40th best DT in 2019, two spots ahead of Joseph and six spots ahead of Pierce. Though underwhelming for a second-round pick, Hall’s PFF grades aren’t bad. Teams don’t just give up on second-round picks, so there must be other factors behind the Raiders’ decision to move on from Hall.
The Vikings are hoping that Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson will be able to unlock Hall’s potential. They likely had a relatively high grade on Hall, so the late-round pick is more than worth it. Even a slightly above average Hall provides better value than the vast majority of seventh-round picks.