Alim McNeill Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

North Carolina State DL Alim McNeill is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Alim McNeill 

School: North Carolina State 

Year:  Junior 

Position: Defensive Tackle 

Measurements:  6’2 320lbs 

 

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General Info:

From Raleigh, North Carolina. Attended Jesse O. Sanderson High School. Interestingly enough he played inside linebacker in high school. He was also a short yardage back scoring 18 rushing touchdowns in high school. Lettered in baseball in high school as well for three years. Played right field. He has only played on the defensive line for three years. He played in all 13 games as a freshman. A freshman all American. McNeill played in 11 games and started 7 as a sophomore. Played in 11 games as a junior. Had one interception that he returned for 18 yards and a TD against Virginia. 

 

Positional Skills:

Positives: 

He is a big strong dude, that can push blockers back. McNeill has some good quickness to him for such a big guy, he can get in the back field quick and take the running back down behind the line of scrimmage. The interception he caught off a deflected pass and rumbled for an 18-yard touchdown shows he still have some of that linebacker agility in him even though he has gained close to 50 pounds since high school. He gets low and explodes into the blocker on short yardage downs. The burly defensive tackle does get double teamed often because of how big and strong he is, which frees up his teammates for one-on-one situations. McNeill will use a swipe/toss maneuver to get free of a blocker when he has a chance to take a back down behind the line. This is an example of him having strong hands. Alim also has a chop move to get free and past the offensive lineman. When is asked to one-gap he explodes into the back field and can wreak havoc on the play. The NC State product is such a good athlete for his size, he can chase a back down from behind when the back is trying to get to the outside. He does well to hold his ground, he rarely gets pushed back. When he stays in his techniques he can stack and shed blockers and attack the ball carrier. 

Negatives: 

Alim is listed at 6’2, he might be closer to 6’1 which could hurt him if his arms measure out to be short as well. McNeill’s arms do look a little short. There are times he tries to reach out and grab a running back while he is being blocked and his arms just are not long enough. His technique is still a bit raw, probably due to his newness to the position. Blockers have been able to drive him out of the play at times by just beating him using good technique. North Carolina State asks him to 2 gap sometimes, when he is two gapping, he seems to get a little lost and unsure of where he should be. When he is one gapping, he could play with more discipline, he sometimes shoots past the ball carrier and misses out on making a play in the back field. Which ends up leaving an open gap that a back can take advantage of. When McNeill does not stay low and use his low center of gravity to his advantage he can be taken out by a single blocker and taken completely out of the play. He does not seem to have a plan of attach when it comes to the pass rush game. 

 

Fit with the Packers:

He would be a good fit with Green Bay. McNeill has shown flashes of developing as a pass rusher. He needs to work on developing his moves and figuring out a plan of attack. Body wise he looks a lot like BJ Raji. His game is even a little reminiscent of a rawer version of Raji. NC State runs a true 3-4 where he lines up on the nose of the Center in a 4-point stance the majority of the time. If he were in a 3-4 where he is the nose but is shaded a little to one side or the other and in more of a 3-point stance, he would be more impactful in the pass game and penetrating the line. Because he has the quickness and explosiveness to be a threat. McNeill has shown this on film when he has been in a 3-point stance. Especially in 2019 when he had more production, he lined up in a 3-point stance a lot more often and it showed in his numbers. Part of it is technique, leverage and developing his moves, but his stance also has an effect on it. Even if he never develops much in the pass rush game if he could just be more consistent in his technique and keep his pads low. He could open up a lot more one on one reps for Clark because of how big, strong and low to the ground he is. I would not expect him to start as a rookie but, maybe by sometime year two he could take that step to being a starter and an impactful player. He has gotten some talk about the 1st round; he is too raw and inconsistent. Round 2-3 should be where he goes. 

 

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March 06, 2021 at 03:29 pm

I'll believe it when I see it. Draft him were desperate.

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March 07, 2021 at 07:11 am

We're desperate for big, strong mean defensive players. maybe he's there in round two, or gutey trades up to get him higher in round two. I'd love to pull my bj Raji jersey out of retirement. though it was resurrected this winter before the nfccg to show support on a snowman. GPG

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March 07, 2021 at 07:14 am

Is the photo of him drilling trubiskey? I can't imagine there are 2 unc qbs that tried pulling off that villainous mustache. If so, I like him already. GPG

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March 07, 2021 at 07:16 am

If the kid did it all he'd be gone much higher than he's projected. JMHO GB needs to add a run stuffer to help solidify the run defense, then run him off the field on obvious passing downs. If GB can live with Lowry and Lancaster as (almost) every down players, they could live with a kid like this. I happen to like Shelvin better than this kid. In either case if he's around late 3rd or sometime in Rd4 he'd be high on the list. I also like M Wilson from FSU. He had a disappointing season but his RAS score will definitely have Gute looking at him like a teenage boy with a playb.... nevermind

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March 07, 2021 at 10:07 am

I have him as my #5 defensive lineman behind Barmore, Nixon, And Owunzurike, in a second tier with Shelvin and Tufele. I’d say there’s a 90% chance he’d be available at the end of the second but only a slight chance at the end of the third. Optimum value at #75.

PFF rates him as the #2 DL, and others rate him higher than me. He’s possibly the best run stuffer in the draft, but not much of a pass rush, and that’s going to move him down on draft day.

He’s a better Lancaster.

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March 07, 2021 at 10:56 am

It would be nice to have a good NT in the middle and free Clark up to play DE. Rather than trying to replace Lancaster and Lowery at DE why not focus on getting someone else to take on double teams in the middle and free up Clark. If McNeill is too small for the position then we need to find someone else.

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March 07, 2021 at 06:30 pm

Gilbert Brown was 6'2" 340 pounds. In 1996, he started all 16 games next to Santana Dotson, Sean Jones and Reggie White, a defensive unit that allowed a league record low 19 touchdowns. Brown had a career-high 51 tackles, and his first complete 16 game season. The Grave Digger was a NT. When you look at the names he played next too. And Their results. The packers just don't have a clue now. Even in 2010. they had Raji, Jenkins, and Pickett. Who does Clark have?

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March 10, 2021 at 10:26 am

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March 28, 2021 at 08:59 am

If I was Gute I'd take this guy. @#62. The more I watch his film. The more I like him. He tested well.

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