Draft Day Flashback: Bengals’ Leon Hall

Ever since he was drafted in 2007, Leon Hall has been one of the best players in the NFL.  The former Michigan prospect played just five games in 2013 due to a torn Achilles tendon. It was a devastating blow for the Bengals as Hall was having a phenomenal season.

Good news for Hall and the Bengals is that he has been cleared for all football drills.  That doesn’t surprise those that have followed Hall’s career.  After he sustained a previous Achilles injury in the middle of the 2011 season, many wondered if he would be able to come back and be able to play at a high level. Not only did he play outstanding, he played in 15 games, including the season opener.

Stepping back to when Hall’s pro career began, Melissa Mahler of Pro Player Insiders spoke with Hall about the NFL Draft and his expectations for the Bengals 2104 season.

Q: Draft for you, tell us a little bit about your experience and some of the things that guys getting ready to go through that process themselves phase or advice you have for them.

A: It’s a long process, and it’s a long year. You go through your senior year, junior year whatever the case may be and you kind of right after that you get turned into your combine training maybe you have a nutritionist or what not. It’s kind of an endless proses you have your Pro Day and keep working out tell you get drafted, then you get drafted, you fly to the city the next day or the night of.

My advice would be, in the middle of all this chaos, to really try and slow it down and take it day by day and enjoy it.  I really take it all in because depending on who you are, you’re only in the league for a few years. So you don’t want to just get so wrapped up in it that you forget about everything else.

Q:  What are some things that coming season that fans can look to expect from you, or things that you’re hoping happen?

A: Well I’m currently coming off of injury, so for our fans you know I’m definitely looking to come back and play well, like I was before I got hurt last season.

As far as the team is concerned. Where making the necessary steps, obviously with the draft coming up and free agency.

Making a lot of changes, but good changes. Just trying to get over the hump. We’ve been to the play offs a few years in a row, but we have lost every time. So it’s one of those things we go to get over that hump and make some changes.

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