Siran Neal Draft Profile

Siran Neal draft profile

Strengths:

  • Has experience at safety and corner (linebacker too)
  • Played near line of scrimmage and was active in run support in 2016 as a nickel
  • Able to big-boy his level of competition off the snap
  • Plays under control
  • Crowds receivers down the field
  • Has mirror and match capability early in route and uses length to help maintain contact through route breaks
  • Aggressive, wrap-up striker who drives feet and finishes
  • Great in press coverage–dominated James Washington Senior Bowl week
  • Shows off desired lateral range and athletic ability in run support

Analysis: Siran Neal is an intriguing prospect with good size and physicality who is just learning to play cornerback. Neal has limitations in coverage but may factor as a bump and run specialist. He was a linebacker in 2016, making 80 tackles, 11.5 for loss, an interception and four pass break-ups. Coaches moved Neal to cornerback for his senior year, and he rose to the challenge with 39 stops, one interception, and a team-high 11 pass break-ups. Neal played safety as a redshirt sophomore in 2015 (one start in 15 games, 40 tackles, one interception, three pass break-ups) after being a reserve defensive back the previous year (32 tackles, three pass break-ups). He was dominant Senior Bowl week, absolutely crushing possible early-round draft pick James Washington from press coverage. He is still learning coverage techniques, but has the ability to handle all responsibilities thrown his way. Elite in run support, willing to stick his head in the fray to tackle the ball carrier.

Weaknesses:

  • Instincts and anticipation are very average
  • Quick route specialists give him trouble
  • Has a hitch in transitioning against inside release
  • Too willing to cover grass rather than reading quarterback and making a play outside his area
  • Needs to get better at attacking and shedding earlier
  • When beaten cleanly from press, he grabs rather than trusting his feet and technique

Analysis: Siran Neal may not be the most instinctive football player in the draft and his reaction times leave a lot to be desired, but he is a diligent worker and has a nose for the football. Against quick twitch athletes, Neal will struggle keeping up in coverage if his jam fails at the line of scrimmage. He does not read the quarterback’s eyes the way you would want him to–focusing too much on the receiver. It’s not often Siran Neal will get beat off press coverage but when he does, he panics and begins grabbing throughout the route. Block shedding needs work.

Size: 6’0 199lbs

Draft Grade: 2nd Round

NFL Comparison: Kareem Jackson (more physical, less coverage ability)

Draft Projection: Round 4

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