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Former Alabama OT Evan Neal drops weight in preparing for NFL Draft

Evan Neal (No. 73) grabs his helmet and heads to spring practice for Alabama
Photo by Robert Sutton of Alabama Athletics

Evan Neal wants to prove he is the most versatile offensive lineman in this draft class.

He arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Scouting Combine looking different than his enrollment to the University of Alabama in 2019. Neal, a native Floridian, entered the Crimson Tide’s program at 360 pounds on a 6-foot-7 frame.

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He excelled at left guard and right tackle from 2019 to 2020. Neal dropped 15 pounds before his junior season in 2021 to showcase his freakish athleticism. He proved to be an anchor at left tackle, protecting Bryce Young to single-season school passing records and assisting Brian Robinson to a 1,000+ yard rushing season. As an All-American and permanent team captain, Neal started 15 games last season at 345 pounds. NFL reporters saw a new version of the former five-star today.

Neal said he weighed in at 336 pounds during an interview with the media.

He’s dropped 24 pounds since 2019. Scott Cochran, Alabama’s former director of strength and conditioning, started Neal’s transformation. David Ballou and Dr. Matt Rhea, who trained Neal at IMG Academy, completed his transformation. Neal comes from a family of athletes, but he is ready to make his mark in the pros. 

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He will not participate in on-field workouts at the Combine, but he’s saving his testing for Alabama’s Pro Day on March 30. Neal would be an exceptional selection for any team at guard or tackle, but the Jaguars have the No. 1 pick.

He has the makings of an All-Pro lineman for a long career.

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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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