Draft Prospect Outlook:
Multi-faceted defensive back with experience at safety and cornerback. Will make his presence felt in run support. Rarely hesitates in that area. Looks for the bit hit often but is still a reliable tackler. Lacks the fluid hips to run with faster wideouts down the field. Doesn't have great long speed.
After earning first-team All-State honors for his senior year at Eufaula (Ala.) High School, Neal redshirted in 2014 before recording 32 total tackles as a redshirt freshman, including 10 tackles in a playoff matchup against Sam Houston State. He played in 15 games as a sophomore, with 40 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble, before starting all 12 games in 2016. As a junior, Neal racked up 80 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, with four passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble.
Neal earned first-team FCS All-American honors for a senior year in which he moved to cornerback and recorded 12 passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and 39 total tackles. --R.J. White