Mike Neal #96 OLB
Height: 6-3 Weight: 285 Age: 26
Born: 6/26/1987 Gary , IN
Experience: 4th season
High School: Merrillville HS [IN]
Selected By: Green Bay Packers
Pick (Overall): 24 (56)
Neal is an average sized interior lineman that will need to play a three technique in a 4-3 defensive scheme. Neal is a tough hard-nosed lineman that gives consistent effort throughout the game. He doesn?t have elite size and is inconsistent to anchor versus double teams but can hold the point when he plays with good pad level. Neal has active hands and does a nice job to shed blockers. He is active in the tackle box showing good lateral quickness and agility but doesn?t have great range to the sideline. He can power rush effectively but needs to expand his moves and counters to contribute consistently at the next level. Neal is a good football player that has some limitations but should contribute in his rookie season and possibly work into a starting role.