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5 Things to Know About Vikings 2023 5th-Round Pick Jaren Hall

EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings used their second of two fifth-round picks to grab a quarterback.

Minnesota selected BYU's Jaren Hall Saturday with the 164th overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Hall started 24 of 31 games for the Cougars, completing 468 of 718 passes (65.2 percent) and 53 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. He rushed 181 times for 798 yards and nine touchdowns.

In 2022, Hall posted career highs for completions (248), attempts (376), passing yards (3,171), passing touchdowns (31), rushes (86) and rushing yards (348).

Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest quarterback:

1. Faith and football

Hall served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints in Roseville, California, from 2016-17 before joining BYU in 2018.

His father, Kalin, converted to The Church as a young adult and played running back at BYU from 1992-93.

"It became very important to my siblings and myself growing up," Hall said at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. "That's always been a part of the deal for me. It's been faith, family and football. It's kind of been the three Fs of my life, and it's how I was raised.

"I just think it gives me great balance. For myself personally, with as much as I have going on in my individual life, that's always my focus," Hall continued. "It keeps me centered. It keeps me grounded. I think it makes me a better football player, you know, the best football player I can be."

2. First Black starting QB at BYU

When Hall took over as the Cougars starter in 2019, replacing an injured Zach Wilson, he became the first Black starting quarterback in BYU history.

"(I'm) very proud of my ancestors – very proud of my ethnicity and all the things that come with that, so it's an honor and a privilege to be here to be playing at this wonderful university," Hall said at the time.

View photos of BYU QB Jaren Hall who was selected No. 164 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.

3. Played baseball, too

Before pivoting solely to football, Hall played on the BYU baseball team as an outfielder in 2019 and 2020. He played in 27 games during the 2019 baseball season, including eight starts in the outfield, and started three games during the 2020 campaign shortened by COVID-19.

Hall is glad he ultimately chose to focus completely on football, but he's grateful for the skill sets in baseball that translate to the gridiron.

He mentioned that activation of one's core and hips, as well as reaction time, are skills needed on the diamond and gridiron alike.

"I think just the quick twitch and the reaction time is key," he said.

4. Husband and father

Hall married Breanna McCarter, who played soccer at Utah Valley, in 2019.

The couple welcomed a daughter, Jayda Mae Hall, in July 2021.


5. 'Kindness counts' initiative

During the summer of 2022, Hall partnered with Default Happiness to create his own line of "Kindness Counts" apparel. The initiative's mission said the following:

"In a society plagued, by comparison, judgment and hate, it is essential for young people to understand and believe that they are loved, appreciated and have so much to offer regardless of what is taking place in their lives."