Siran Neal NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Buffalo Bills' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 29:  Tight end Josiah Price #82 of the Michigan State Spartans is tackled by safety Siran Neal #28 of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on a 32-yard reception during the second half at Spartan Stadium on August 29, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defeated Jacksonville State 45-7. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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POSITIVES

—Measured at 6'0" and 206 pounds and has a chiseled chest and the thickness to handle run support.

—Played safety and linebacker. Converted to corner last season at Jacksonville State.

—Is physical from a press alignment and is willing to harass receivers downfield.

—Competitive toughness and confidence isn't lacking. He prides himself on being the alpha dog on the field and in training with Oklahoma State wide receivers.

—Can fight through traffic as run defender with balance and lateral agility. Is willing to jump into the box as a run defender.

                      

NEGATIVES

—Aggressive hands and grabby nature routinely put him on the borderline of pass interference.

—When beaten, he lacks the recovery speed or instincts to recover down the field.

—Doesn't have the downfield range to play in a single-high scheme. He's a Cover 2 safety or press corner with zone responsibilities.

—His level of competition causes concern for a player who can play linebacker, safety and corner all within three years. He often physically overwhelms competition. What happens when being physical doesn't immediately win the rep is worrisome.

—He struggles in press coverage against slot receivers who have quick feet and the ability to get on top of him in a hurry. He'll cross up his feet and open his hips earlier than necessary, offering multiple options for receivers with spatial awareness.

            

OVERALL

Siran Neal is an aggressive, physical player who prefers to disrupt routes before they begin. He's best when pressed, as he uses a strong upper body to punch and bait receivers in their release. He'll likely be a matchup piece in the NFL, as he lacks the elite traits of specific positions but has the requisite athleticism to do a little bit of everything.

Where he lands and the scheme used will be as critical to his latching onto a team as anything. At worst, he's a core special-teamer who can land on a practice squad and gain time to identify a position to grow into.

                   

GRADE: 5.75 (Round 5)

PRO COMPARISON: Jabrill Peppers, Cleveland Browns

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