Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
25-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
Questionable
Injury Achilles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Few players offer as much IDP upside at defensive back as Neal does, but even fewer players have had worse injury luck in the past few years. Neal has generated 238 tackles while playing 2,171 defensive snaps in his career, which over a 1,000-snap sample projects to about 110 tackles. The problem is that Neal has played only 206 snaps since 2017 due to an ACL tear in Week 1 of 2018 and a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 3 of 2019. It seems like Neal almost has to stumble into some improved injury luck going forward, but his hard-hitting style of play invites concussion and shoulder-related concerns separate from his growing history of lower-body injuries. With that said, there's clear top-five defensive back IDP upside with Neal, and you probably can't say that about the other players in his price range. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.74 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2016. Falcons exercised $6.47 million team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Feeling healthy finally
SAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
June 18, 2020
Neal (Achilles) said Wednesday that he feels like his old self again, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Neal suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of 2018 and a torn Achilles in Week 3 of 2019. It isn't clear if his rehab process is complete, but the timing of the injury should allow him to get ready for the start of the upcoming season. The bigger question is whether the 2016 first-round pick will still be able to play at a high level, coming off devastating injuries in back-to-back seasons. The Falcons don't have much talent in the secondary, so they're likely counting on Neal to occupy a starting job at strong safety. He started his career with back-to-back seasons notching triple-digit tackles in 2016 and 2017, piling up 14 pass defenses and eight forced fumbles in 30 games over that stretch.
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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' 1"
 
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
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2018
2017
2016
Neal suffered an ACL tear Week 1 last year, but he should participate in most of training camp and therefore is immediately back on the elite IDP radar. He isn't much of a threat to intercept passes given that he had just one pick in his first 30 games, but 222 tackles, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in that span more than make up for it. Neal is a notoriously hard hitter and probably brings high injury risk as a result, but he's capable of logging multiple 120-tackle seasons before his career is over.
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.
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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Rehab on positive trajectory
SAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
February 25, 2020
Coach Dan Quinn said that Neal (Achilles) is "exactly where he should be" in his rehab, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. "(Neal) is doing good," Quinn stated Monday. "We're excited for him, he's making great progress."
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Surgery confirmed
SAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
September 29, 2019
Neal underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles on Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Officially placed on IR
SAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
September 24, 2019
Neal (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Achilles' tear confirmed
SAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
September 23, 2019
Neal tore his left Achilles' tendon Sunday against the Colts, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Expected to be done for season
SAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
September 22, 2019
Neal is believed to have a torn Achilles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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