All 32 NFL teams, including the 49ers, did their best to take advantage of the Senior Bowl this year. With the NFL Scouting Combine canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, the All-Star Game in Mobile, Ala., became the premier scouting event before the draft this year.
The 49ers spoke with a long list of prospects, and San Diego State cornerback Darren Hall said he had a "great meeting" with San Francisco. Hall met with every team, and the 49ers were listed as one of four teams he had a "great meeting" with.
Hall started his career at San Diego State as a safety before moving over to cornerback. He had three interceptions -- one returned for touchdown -- six passes defensed and 37 tackles this season as a redshirt junior. Hall had 16 passes defensed the season before.
The advanced analytics loved him this season, too.
Hall was named First-Team All-Mountain West by Pro Football Focus as the best cornerback in the conference.
"Hall emerged as one of the top zone coverage corners in the conference last season, and this year he went from one of the best to the best," PFF's Anthony Treash wrote on Hall. "No MWC cornerback earned a higher zone coverage grade than Hall, who also cracked the top 15 in the FBS in that metric."
Throughout the week of Senior Bowl practice, Hall opened some eyes.
It's no secret the 49ers have a big hole at cornerback on their roster. Hall isn't a first-round prospect but he could be a steal later in the draft and provide depth at a thin position of need.