2022 NFL Draft Prospect - OL Evan Neal



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Player Description



Name: Evan Neal Position: Offensive tackle


College: Alabama Uniform Number: #73


Class: Junior Height: 6-7


Weight: 350 lbs Projected Round: Top 5 pick


 

Strengths:

  • 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



 

Weaknesses:


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.






























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