Why Florida Safety Keanu Neal Has Good Chance to Crash Draft’s 1st Round

April 23, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

We often hear about prospects who may have benefited from their supporting cast enough to inflate their draft stock, so teams should potentially be wary of their upside. It’s common with Alabama defenders and running backs, USC quarterbacks and other top-talent teams with big names leading their offensive or defensive units.
In Keanu Neal’s case, and surprisingly for a Florida program that should be battling for tops in the SEC, the opposite is true. As a strong safety at Florida, he suffered through injuries and an up-and-down Florida team that failed to highlight his efficient run defense and highly explosive pass coverage each and every game.
Despite a lackluster supporting cast and relatively little buzz in the draft process, Neal may be a first-round talent, and you shouldn’t be surprised when ends up being drafted in the top 31 selections.
Efficient and Reliable Run Defender
Neal suffered through a hamstring issue that didn’...

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