Draft Profile: IDL Alim McNeill, NC State

Steve Johnson

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Pos. IDL
Ht. 6’1 7/8″
Wt. 317
Class. 3JR
College. NC State
DOB. 5/11/00

2018: 13 games. 24 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF, 3 pass break ups
2019: 11 games. 28 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups
2020: 11 games. 25 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 int (18 yards, TD), 1 FF, 1 FR
Misc. Stats.

Accolades. 2020 First team All-ACC, 2020 AP Second team All-American

Injury History.

History. Four-star recruit from Raleigh, NC. Played linebacker and short yardage RB for Sanderson High School. Participated in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game. Scored 40 Touchdowns during high school career. Also played baseball, where he was three-time all conference.

Strengths: Thick, squatty frame. Strong lower half. Good balance. Good initial pop to jolt blockers back. Good athlete with quick feet for his size (former LB). Can beat blockers off the snap. Feet and hands are in unison. Good college production. Solid bull rush potential.

Weaknesses: Average length. Doesn’t have much of a counter, if initial rush stalls. Limited range, doesn’t make a lot of plays outside the box. Still raw as an interior d-linemen. Awareness is average at this point. Needs to take better angles in pursuit and break down better.

Overview: McNeil is better suited as a one gap DT. He’s got a good combo of strength and power, but lacks the length to take on double teams and still stay clean. He still has room to grow and is scheme diverse due to the bulk he already has, and his athletic traits. He should go in day two, and could see his best fit as a 3-tech in a 3-4 under. He’s a solid contributor from the start, that could be a potential building block of a running stopping unit up front.

Evaluation based on. Wake Forest 20′, North Carolina 20′, Virginia Tech 20′

Draft Projection: Late Day Two

Draft Grade: 5.61

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