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Giants pick former Alabama OT Evan Neal at No. 7 overall in NFL Draft

Evan Neal working through drills for Alabama in fall camp
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

The New York Giants want to make sure Daniel Jones works out at quarterback.

It took Evan Neal at No. 7 overall on Thursday in the NFL Draft. Neal played offensive tackle in 28 games for the Crimson Tide, allowing 3.5 sacks in two seasons. The 6-foot-7, 335-pounder assisted Mac Jones (2020) and Bryce Young (2021) in becoming 4,000+ yard passers and Heisman Trophy finalists. Neal helped Young set single-season school records for passing yards (4,872), touchdown passes (47), and total touchdowns (50) in 2021. He became the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman.

Neal provides versatility as a guard and tackle. He can run block and pass protect, which makes him ideal for the Giants.

Neal paced the Tide to two Southeastern Conference titles (2020, 2021) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in the 2020 season. He earned Consensus All-American, first-team All-SEC, and permanent team captain honors.

It is going to be fun to watch Neal dominate for the Giants.

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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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