Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
24-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.74 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2016. Falcons exercised team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Ready to rock
SAtlanta Falcons
September 20, 2019
Neal (groin) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.
Neal spent the week managing a groin injury, but he appears back to full health. The fourth-year safety racked up a team-leading eight solo tackles Week 2 and will look to keep up his momentum versus the Colts on Sunday.
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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.
6' 1"
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
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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Dealing with groin injury
SAtlanta Falcons
September 18, 2019
Neal was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a groin injury, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Team-high nine tackles in SNF win
SAtlanta Falcons
September 16, 2019
Neal tallied eight solo tackles and one assist during Sunday's 24-20 win against the Eagles.
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Plays in first game since ACL tear
SAtlanta Falcons
August 15, 2019
Neal (knee-ACL) started for the Falcons and registered three tackles during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets.
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Running team drills
SAtlanta Falcons
July 22, 2019
Neal (knee) was out running team drills during Monday's training camp practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Nearing full health
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
June 19, 2019
Neal (knee) was on the practice field and spotted running during June minicamp, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.
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