Siran Neal’s physicality is the first thing you notice when you turn on the tape. The next thing you notice is his versatility. Neal can lineup anywhere on the back seven and be successful. The former Jacksonville State swiss-army-knife has experience playing strong safety, free safety, outside corner, nickel corner, and linebacker. Neal is extremely physical at the line of scrimmage that excels when he’s able to play in press coverage. Neal has the ideal size and athleticism that allows him to play in coverage against tight ends and receivers on the outside. As a corner, Neal has fluid hips that allow him to adjust when mirroring receivers down the field. Along with his cover ability, Siran Neal takes pride in his tackling ability and support in the run game.
While playing is press coverage is one of Siran Neal’s biggest strengths, he does need to clean up his technique when doing so. I noticed down at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago that he was able to win off the line of scrimmage, but would lunge just a bit too far and get himself off balance which would allow opposing receivers to recover and win the inside route. Lacks the ideal straight-line speed to keep up with speedier receivers on the outside. If he can clean up some of his hand placement and work on staying balanced when throwing his punch he’ll be a damn good player in the NFL.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 26, 2018
Siran Neal, you have my attention 👀pic.twitter.com/nzhPrc9teJ
— Christian (@ChristianR_Vill) January 27, 2018
Former wide receiver turned defensive back that I’m much higher on than most. The former Jacksonville State DB showed great confidence and good cover ability all week down in Mobile a few weeks ago. Neal’s versatility and physicality are two of his best traits. Getting a guy that can play as a cover corner, drop back and play centerfield safety, or play down close to the line of scrimmage and cover tight ends and make plays in the run game are few and far between. I love his ball skills as much as any other DB in this draft class. I’ll be interested to see how Neal tests at the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of the month, with a good performance there, he could end up even higher on my draft board when it’s all said and done.