Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
23-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
IR
Injury Knee - ACL
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There might not be a safety in the league that receivers fear more than Neal, who finds ballcarriers often and prevents plenty of completions by clobbering the intended target. It's unlikely that he'll ever be much of an interception source, and he's yet to post a sack in the NFL, but Neal has two seasons with triple-digit tackles in two tries. That's a remarkably high IDP floor for a safety, and it wouldn't be surprising if Neal approached 130 tackles at least once in his career. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.74 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2016.
ACL procedure goes well
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
September 18, 2018
Neal (knee) has undergone successful ACL surgery Tuesday, per his personal Twitter handle.
ANALYSIS
Neal confirmed that the procedure he underwent to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee went well. The typical recovery timetable for an ACL tear is between six and eight months, so Atlanta can hope for Neal to return to health in time to participate in OTAs next offseason. Damontae Kazee will serve as the Falcons' starting strong safety for the remainder of the season.
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Measurables Review
How do Keanu Neal's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
216 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.38 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.09 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
 
Broad Jump
132 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
10.68 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
If Neal's rookie season was any indication, he will be one of the league's top safeties in the near future. The 2016 first-round pick is already well above average, and he heads into his second season a strong candidate to go over triple-digit tackles. He did as much last year, and that was despite missing the first two games following a preseason knee scope. Neal isn't known for his playmaking in coverage and is unlikely to provide many interceptions, but he's already one of the league's most feared hitters after forcing five fumbles last year.
The 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is expected to slide into the starting strong safety role right away. Neal brings a physical presence to a defense that struggled to get off the field in 2015, as teams converted 43 percent of their third downs against the Falcons. He should be in a prime spot to rack up defensive statistics assuming he can hold off Kemal Ishmael for Atlanta's starting job, giving him good potential in IDP leagues.
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Lands on IR
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 8, 2018
Neal (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, per the league's official transaction log.
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Out for season with ACL tear
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 7, 2018
Neal was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Exits game with knee injury
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 6, 2018
Neal aggravated a left knee injury suffered during the second quarter and was forced out of the game shortly after halftime of Atlanta's season opener against Philadelphia on Thursday.
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Out for remainder of Thursday's contest
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 6, 2018
Neal is out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Eagles with a knee injury, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Returns to game after injury scare
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
September 6, 2018
Neal (knee) was briefly removed from the Falcons' season opener against Philadelphia during the second quarter, but he came back into the game a few plays later after being inspected by Atlanta's medical staff.
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