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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Lorenzo Neal, DT, Purdue University

Lorenzo Neal Purdue
Purdue defensive lineman Lorenzo Neal is a monster on the defensive line. If he can return to form after his injury I would expect him to shine in 2020.

Lorenzo Neal did not play in 2019, and let me tell you something if this kid returns to form he will be a draft pick. The son of former NFL star fullback Lorenzo Neal is destined for a huge fifth year.

In high school, the younger Neal was a four year letter winner who dominated his senior year. He finished his senior season with 33 tackles and four sacks and was a baller since his Sophomore year at Saint Thomas High School.

Neal would land at Purdue University and as a true freshman would start four games finishing the year with 11 tackles 3 tackles for loss and a sack. He had a huge game as a freshman against Nebraska where he was dominating.

In 2017, Neal came into his own. He started in 12 games and finished the season with 22 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He forced two fumbles and posted a sack in the Forster Farms Bowl against Arizona.

Neal had a huge year as a space eater in 2018, where he finished the year with 30 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and a sack. He was really starting to get into the groove of things, before getting hurt. He was an Honorable Mention All Big 10 in 2018, but he would not play one snap in 2019. He was the co-captain of the team however.

This year, I expect a huge year and rebound year from the 6030, 315 pound run stuffer.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:

Lorenzo Neal is a big space eating defensive tackle that was born with NFL pedigree. He can be an every down defensive tackle that has endurance for his size. He has a strong upper body and is built like a truck. He moves well and is able to track down running backs in the backfield. If Neal can return to form in 2020, I would expect him to have his name called in April. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

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