Neil Farrell Jr
NT – #92 Louisiana State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Murphy (Mobile, AL)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8847)
Phil Steele: PS#74
Neil Farrell Scouting Report
Moves faster than his size would suggest. Very nimble and agile, surprisingly. Has some spin and counter moves that he uses well in his arsenal. Straight line speed still isn’t enough to impact the play outside of the pocket. Doesn’t have great lateral quickness and can’t change direction well.
You would believe at his size that his upper body would be stronger. Strong lower body drive to get the desired effect on a bull rush. Excellent first step for his size. Very explosive. Flashes it in big moments. Consistently a double teams destroyer. Works well inside to disrupt the play. Wins a lot of double team assignments. Uses his hands fairly well. Gets his arms up to impact passing lanes when he can’t reach the quarterback. Good hands.
Tough tackler. Very powerful. Nasty and plays with a high motor. Wraps up and envelopes the ball carrier. Plays his gaps very well. Capable as both a 1-tech and a 3-tech defender. Pursuit angles are normally pretty good. Not afraid to work downfield and make a play. Quick reaction player. Fairly consistent as a pass rusher throughout his career. Create pressure opportunities but isn’t quick or fast enough to get the sack very often.
What we want to see from Neil Farrell in Mobile
- Neil Farrell has the size to impact the backfield consistently and made his career at LSU dominating double teams and wrecking havoc with his presence. Farrell needs to show that he can consistently do that at the next level. Whether he uses his power, his lower body, or shows improved hand finesse, we want to see that in 1v1’s against the offensive line.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
The projection of Neil Farrell Jr is a good one for the NFL. His body makeup, run defending ability, and gap penetration projects him as the perfect fit as a 1-tech in a 3-4 defensive front at the next level, potentially a low-end starter on day one. It would be best for Farrell if he sits a year before moving to that starting role. That being said, he’s capable of playing as a 3-tech as well and could potentially push out as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 gap scheme.
We like Farrell as a third/fourth-round prospect. His athletic makeup is better than most at his position, but he is what he is – an above average space eater.