Nate Hall and Montre Hartage participated in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine over the weekend, with Hall skipping on-field evaluations as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery. Here’s a look at how the former Wildcats did in Indianapolis:
Nate Hall traveled to Indianapolis primarily to interview with teams. Hall did not participate in any of the on-field drills or evaluations. Here are his measurements, via Mock Draftable:
Hall’s physical attributes aren’t particularly impressive compared to former NFL Draft prospects. He weighed in at 225 pounds, down six pounds from his 2018 playing weight, according to the official NU team roster.
The linebacker will participate at NU’s Pro Day on March 12. Steve Slivka reported that Hall will not bench press because of his shoulder surgery, but will participate in all the other drills.
#NFLCombine | Nate Hall will not bench at Northwestern's Pro Day. He will however do everything else workout-wise that day. He recently received clearance ro begin running again now that he is more than two months post-shoulder surgery.— Steve Slivka (@steveslivka) March 2, 2019
Pro Day will be an important opportunity for Hall to stand out. He’s currently ranked as the No. 25 linebacker prospect in CBS Sports’ 2019 positional rankings. Hall’s NFL Draft capsule grades him at 4.90, which is tied for the lowest grade among 2019 linebacker prospects. An impressive performance on March 12 could mean Hall shoots up some draft boards.
Hartage was the only Wildcat out of three who participated in all the testing and on-field drills. The knock on Hartage is that he’s a bit slow, and his performance in the 40-yard dash didn’t assuage those fears. Hartage ran a 4.68, which was the sixth-slowest mark among defensive backs.
Hartage’s measurements weren’t particularly inspiring, either.
The cornerback was excellent in the shuttle and on-field drills, though. Hartage finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.08 seconds, tied for fifth amongst defensive backs, and third amongst corners.
Top official short shuttles for cornerbacks at #NFLCombine:— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 4, 2019
1. David Long, @UMichFootball, 3.97
2. Isaiah Johnson, @UHCougarFB, 4.06
t3. Kris Boyd, @TexasFootball, 4.08
t3. Montre Hartage, @NUFBFamily, 4.08
5. Justin Layne, @MSU_Football, 4.09
For Hartage, whose most salient talents are his ball-skills and instincts, the Combine is an imperfect measurement of his skill-set. Hartage certainly didn’t turn heads with his testing times like Godwin Igwebuike did last year, and his film probably speaks better to his skill-set than the Combine does. Still, he tested well enough and didn’t make any major mistakes in the on-field drills.
NFL.com grades Hartage at 5.45, with backup or special team potential at the next level. He’s the No. 21 cornerback prospect according to NFL.com, and the No. 24 cornerback prospect according to CBS Sports.