As a freshman, Neal started all 13 games a left guard and not give up a single sack. As a sophomore he moved to right tackle and Alabama would once again have a great offensive line. According to Anthony Treash of PFF wrote “with the help of his brute strength, length and decent athleticism given his size, Neal recorded an 83.7 PFF grade in 2020, ranking fourth in the Power Five. He laid down a whopping 12 big-time blocks in the run game, which was the second-most in a single season by a right tackle in the seven years since PFF began grading college football. The consensus #1 tackle in the 2022 draft.
- King-sized tackle with the height and size that cannot be taught. Raw power and natural strength to overwhelm defenders in tight quarters.
- Awareness is above-average for his limited experience. Sells trap block and can turn to seal. Fluid getting to and adjust at the second level.
- Foot speed and quickness are very good, but not elite.
- Big athlete with good bulk and a filled-out frame. Stays balanced and doesn't overextend in pass protection. Stays disciplined with good bend and leverage.
- Best on the left, where he could become a dominating pro
- n the NFL he won't overpower everyone as he can now so he still needs development.
- Needs to work on his technique in pass protection, using more consistent leverage and continuing to move his feet.
- Height can be a detriment in short-yardage, defender can get under his pads to hold the line.
- Stops his feet after initial contact, relying on length but allowing defender to get the corner or spin inside.
- Susceptible to speed rushers. Has only average quickness off the snap and doesn't possess the acceleration to corral defenders once they cross his face.
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