Top NFL Draft Prospect Evan Neal's Measurements Make No Sense
By Liam McKeone
Evan Neal is collectively considered among one of the very best prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Alabama lineman played three seasons as a starter for the Crimson Tide and played a different position in each of those seasons. He's technically sound and versatile, the kind of player who could step into the starting lineup from Day 1 and make an immediate impact. In a draft with no surefire superstar prospects up and down the board, those traits make Neal very valuable indeed.
Neal spoke to media today at the NFL Combine, where he is expected to light up all the workouts before making an appearance at Alabama's pro day. He told reporters he measured in at 337 pounds before coming to Indianapolis. Which is absolutely insane because... well, just look at the below picture and ask yourself if that torso is of a man who weighs three hundred freaking pounds.
Neal looks like a wide receiver or a tight end up there. But no! He clocks in at above-average for weight among NFL linemen. He is 6-foot-7, which is much taller than a standard offensive guard and a little taller than your average tackle, so that helps explain it a bit. But still!
Here is a side view of Neal tweeted by Duke Manyweather, an offensive linemen trainer.
It just doesn't make sense. Dudes who weigh over 300 pounds usually look the part. Neal, dare I say, somehow looks skinny while weighing in at 337 lbs. It's absurd.
Then you remember he can do this, and you give up trying to understand anything at all.