Two-year starter at defensive end who moved from defensive tackle early in his sophomore season. Made 60 tackles (5.5 for loss) with 3.5 sacks as a senior in 2016. Led the Tigers and ranked sixth in the SEC with eight sacks in 2015, adding 48 tackles (9.5 for loss) and six pass breakups.
Undersized but explosive one-gap defender who projects as a three-technique tackle.
Plays with proper pad level, gets leverage on opponents and moves well about the field. Displays good change of direction, fluidity and quickness if asked to twist or stunt and uses his hands to protect himself. Fires off the snap with a quick first step, plays with balance and keeps his feet moving.
Easily controlled at the point and cannot get off blocks once engaged. Possesses more of a short burst of speed which he does not sustain. Average pass rusher.
Neal has growth limitations but his quickness, ability to change direction and movement skills set him up perfectly for a team which needs a backup three-technique tackle.