Lorenzo Neal

IDL, Purdue

  • Conf Big Ten - West
  • Jersey #9
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'3"
  • DOB 11/04/1997
  • WT 315 lbs


    Pros (+): He's a terror when he's able to club or swim past blockers at the point of attack. His splash plays are impressive and his motor and mobility for a big dude is impressive — he's a terrific natural athlete for an IDL with his stature. He's the son of longtime NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal, so his bloodlines are legit. Neal has a good nose for punching out the football, too — he had four forced fumbles over his 2017 & 2018 seasons before redshirting in 2019. Neal Jr. has good short-area quickness and lateral agility, allowing him to slant and crash through gaps at the snap and create chaos in a gap penetration style role.

    Cons (—): There were too many instances of Neal Jr. ending up on the ground, he's a bit top-heavy and he struggles at times with leverage and pad level — providing ample surface area to let blockers roll through contact and collapsed off the LOS or losing his footing. You'd wish he came with a better and more consistent anchor given his stature but he doesn't necessarily play like a true nose tackle, he's more effective in a penetration approach. He redshirted in 2019 after a knee injury cost him his entire season — so will he return to the field and retain his athleticism and range? Or will a recovery fail to return him to 100%? That's a bit of an unknown, but he's going to need to stay committed to working under the pads of blockers to reach his full potential.