OT – #73 Alabama
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9946)
Phil Steele: PS#9
Evan Neal scouting report
Doesn’t move as well with pure speed or straight-line speed, but for his size he’s quick and fast. Overall will be slightly above average at his position. Incredibly laterally fluid. Very strong body control. Excellent upper body strength. Very impressive anchor. Almost impenetrable. Didn’t see many opportunities for Neal to show his recovery.
Very strong hand placement. Jams the defender up high with a stiff arm and uses his off arm for leverage to better control the direction of the defender. Very stout technique. Neal is a rock in pass protection. Extremely consistent. Didn’t see him surrender more than two or three reps on tape. Not as strong of a run blocker as he is a pass protector. Not as good at getting downhill as he is getting into pass protection. Struggles with hand placement as a run defender.
Alabama ran a very pro-style scheme all across the offense. There will be very little for Neal to transition into other than terminology. Struggles to recognize stunts and other types of concepts at times. Flashes ridiculous upside to protect his quarterback, even when the play moves outside of the pocket.
Evan Neal has prototypical size and some of the best traits seen at his position over the last decade. The potential that Neal brings to the league, especially with his versatility having started three positions over his three years at Alabama (left guard, right tackle, and left tackle) makes him an invaluable asset to an offensive line.
We think Neal is a top 5 lock. His skillset is incredible and the physical/athletic traits are too much to overlook. Neal should be a perennial pro bowl player and several time all-pro over his career.