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2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Evan Neal

Big Board ranking: #1

Positional ranking: #1



Position: OT

College: Alabama

Class: Junior

Age: 21



Height: 6’7 1/2”

Weight: 337 lbs.

Arm length: 34″

Hand size: 10 1/8″


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: N/A

Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Monster size and power. Tree trunk lower half with phenomenal strength and length. Exceptional athleticism with easy movement skills. Very light feet and excellent knee bend for a player his size. High awareness and feel for how the play develops. Extremely poised in pass protection. Impressive vision and recognition. Pass sets are very calm and balanced. Can speed up pass set to counter rushers with an early start. Quick to recognize a dropping edge defender and will help guard with a double team. Can rebalance after being jarred. Decisive identifying a target. Great understanding of leverage. Knows how to set up run block to create a lane. Hands are extremely powerful and accurate. Will quickly lock onto defenders. Stays square and strikes accurately in the running game. Tremendous acceleration to lead the way as a puller. Phenomenal quickness moving from block to block at his size. Absorbs smaller defenders in space. Will find someone to hit when he can. Started a full season at left tackle, right tackle and left guard. Dominant against top competition.



Could struggle versus elite speed rushers. Can be slow reacting to second-gear acceleration on the edge. Will lunge and miss a block. A little too forward-leaning at times. Can overrun moving targets in space. Trouble picking up blitzes from the slot (unclear if due to pre-play checks).


NFL comparison

Orlando Pace



Overall, Neal is a monster offensive lineman with a rare combination of size, athleticism, power, intelligence, and poise. Teams would get the most out of him as a wall at either tackle spot, but Neal can also be a dominant guard for an offense that needs help on the interior.


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