Name: Evan Neal Position: Offensive tackle
College: Alabama Uniform Number: #73
Class: Junior Height: 6-7
Weight: 350 lbs Projected Round: Top 5 pick
Position versatility ( tackle and guard )
Good competitive toughness
Excellent arm length
Imposing size and strength
Quick and explosive out of his stance.
Strong initial punch
Ideal physicality for run blocking
Excellent athlete for his size
Good spatial awareness
Quick to react to inside counters
Good lateral kick step out of stance
Consistently gets under opposing defenders shoulder pads
Feet are constantly moving (quick feet)
Decent lateral movement - gives opposing edge rusher little room on the outside
Possesses excellent linear mobility to reach the second level
Neal's issues with pad level have resulted in problems with balance when engaging with opposing linemen in pass protection. At times, he has the tendency to lean in, resulting in him losing leverage. Neal's struggles with anchoring derive from questionable pad level. He needs considerable work on dropping his hips and establishing a stronger base. When facing stunts, Neal is not always quick to identify oncoming threats and pick them up accordingly.
Overall, Neal is a gifted, plug-and-play lineman who still needs refinement with his technique. If he can resolve these issues, he has the potential to be one of the best at his position for years to come.