Evan Neal Medical Concerns Reportedly Crushing NFL Draft Stock

Isaiah De Los Santos
Medical concerns are reportedly tanking former Alabama standout Evan Neal's NFL Draft stock.
Medical concerns are reportedly tanking former Alabama standout Evan Neal's NFL Draft stock. / Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal was expected to be among the first players to hear his name called at this week's NFL Draft. However, despite his elite size and athleticism, he's seemingly fallen out of the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick.

It's now been revealed that medical concerns could be causing him to slip on draft boards.

Evan Neal NFL Draft

Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com reports some teams flunked Neal on their medical evaluations. The specific issue was not revealed, but it does pose a huge risk to his draft stock if multiple organizations have found something wrong.

"WalterFootball.com has learned from team sources that some teams have medically flunked Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. ... These medical exams are subjective, however, so while Neal was flunked by some, sources from other teams shared their organizations had given him a passing grade.

Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

This is the first big report on Neal potentially falling in the draft, and it'll surely raise some alarms. On the flip side, the Alabama OL was given a passing grade by other NFL teams, so it's not like he's become completely undraftable.

Neal starred for three seasons with the Crimson Tide, allowing just 5 total sacks across 40 starts. In 2021, he gave up just 2 sacks while playing in 1,073 offensive snaps.

At 6-foot-7, 337 pounds, Neal boasts the size of a potential All-Pro at the next level. Medical concerns are always bad news for linemen, though, so it remains to be seen how far he could fall on Thursday when the first round of the draft gets underway.

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