Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn
Evan Neal is the NFL prototype at offensive tackle with the size, athleticism, and technique. He's extremely well rounded and versatile in both run blocking and pass protection. A strong punch and accurate hand placement are at the center of his success. Once he's gain inside leverage, defenders are at his mercy. He's great at engaging in space and finds work downfield.
Occasionally becomes overly aggressive and will lung with his head down, becoming off balance, and overshooting his blocks. Inconsistent locating blocks and maneuvering through traffic. Can improve his pad level and lowering his target area when protecting the corner against edge rushers who can bend. Has struggled with keeping his weight down, ballooning up to 370 lbs during the off season.
The Alabama prospect is a day one, plug and play cornerstone of an offensive tackle in the NFL. Evan projects to be an 8-10 year starter with All-Pro status in his near future. He's the most pro ready, technically sound offensive linemen in the draft and should be at worst the 1st or 2nd tackle off the board. Neal has all of the physical traits and tools to be a potential all-time great at his position and should be considered a top 5-10 lock in this year's draft.
Evan Neal's athleticism and size scream future All-Pro LT at the next level. At 337 lbs, his movement is extremely efficient and there's rarely any wasted effort or excess footwork to redirect his weight. He checks all the boxes when it comes to measurables and translates his natural abilities to the left tackle position very well. A fluid, smooth mover who possesses elite play strength and an ability to utilize his reach to win the leverage battle. Explosive at the point of attack and is rarely driven backwards as a run blocker. Bends his knees very well for a big man.
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
A decently quick first step, strong hands, and powerful lower half allow him to consistently create movement off of the line of scrimmage. Neal features veteran level run blocking technique that's based on understanding run blocking concepts, proper hand placement, and leg drive. He's great when moving in space, targets linebackers in the second level, and shows a willingness to block down field. As an inline and down blocker, he's destructive. Evan consistently sealed the running lane and was heavily leaned on in short yardage situations. Lacks somewhat of a mauler mentality and is satisfied with completing blocks instead of finishing his opponent. He's aggressive but not violent.
Evan Neal has near perfect pass blocking form, he's one of the most sound pass pro technicians to come out of the draft in quite some time. Evan has a solid pass set and anchors well but tends to give up ground when absorbing the rush. At his best when protecting the corner, utilizing his stellar kickslide and long reach to lock on and eliminate rushers from the play. Mirrors and redirects well when recognizing and picking up blitzies and stunts.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
The ultimate competitor and teammate, Evan Neal is a dominant bully amongst his fellow big men. Matching his physical prowess with relentless effort, Evan is what happens when a world class athlete is complemented by an exemplary work ethic. A 3 year starter with 39 straight games under his belt, the behemoth has remained healthy throughout his collegiate career.
Has a tremendous understanding of his playbook and blocking responsibilities per play. He's not scheme dependant and would thrive in any gap, zone, or man run offense. Has played both LT and RT at Alabama and could kick inside if ever asked to do so.