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NFL Draft expert has Alabama OT Evan Neal as No. 3 prospect for 2022

Alabama OT Evan Neal on the field in 2020 before LSU game
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/ SEC Media Portal

The 2022 NFL Draft boards for Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have started.

McShay updated his prospect rankings Thursday and had an Alabama player in the top five. Evan Neal, the Crimson Tide’s offensive tackle, is No. 3 overall on McShay’s board.

He is behind Derek Stingley of LSU and Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux.

The 6-foot-7, 350-pounder has started 32 games on Alabama’s offensive line. His career began at left guard in 2019, but Neal has played at right tackle (2020) and left tackle. He has allowed one sack this season in 206 pass attempts while having a team-high 15 knockdown blocks. Neal gave up 1.5 sacks in 810 snaps last season at right tackle, helping Mac Jones secure a record-setting campaign.

Through 21 career games at offensive tackle, the junior has surrendered 2.5 sacks.

He has sophomore quarterback Bryce Young in contention to win the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, and Manning Award.

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Young ranks in the top-10 nationally for quarterbacks in passing yards (2,453, No. 6), touchdown passes (26, No. 3), passer rating (177.1, No. 4), and quarterback rating (88.5, No. 2).

He is just outside the top-10 for completion percentage (70%, No. 11).

Neal possesses the footwork, quickness, explosiveness, size, wingspan, and technique to be a perennial All-Pro tackle.

Four teams in the top-10 of the draft — Dolphins, Giants, Eagles, and Washington — need offensive line help.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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