Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
23-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
Questionable
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. Falcons exercised team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Could be ready for training camp
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
May 11, 2019
Head coach Dan Quinn said that so long as Neal (knee) remains on the current trajectory he is on, it's "more than realistic" to believe he'll be ready to fully participate in team activities by the start of training camp, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Quinn was upbeat about the status of starting safeties Neal and Ricardo Allen (Achilles) when speaking to the media after rookie minicamp Saturday, reporting that both players are "really pushing it from a rehab competitive side... (and) they're off to excellent starts with their process." That's welcomed news for a Falcons secondary that finished 27th against the pass last year with Neal missing 15 games as result of an ACL injury. Getting the 2017 Pro Bowler assimilated back into the defense quickly will be essential, as Atlanta must face top-13 passing offenses over each of the first three weeks of the regular season (Minnesota, Philadelphia and Indianapolis).
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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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Fifth-year option exercised
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
April 24, 2019
The Falcons officially exercised the fifth-year option on Neal's (knee) rookie contract Wednesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
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Active in weight-lifting session
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
April 17, 2019
Neal (knee) was seen lifting weights Wednesday during the Falcons' voluntary workouts, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Timeline for return unclear
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
March 31, 2019
Neal (knee) said Sunday that "(he doesn't) want to put a timetable on things" when asked if he expects to be ready in time for training camp, Zig Fracassi of Sirius XM Sports reports.
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Making progress in rehab
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
February 13, 2019
Neal (knee) posted a video on his personal Instagram account in January featuring himself going through agility drills with no brace on his left knee.
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Fifth-year option to be exercised
SAtlanta Falcons
Knee - ACL
January 4, 2019
General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons plan to pick up Neal's (knee) fifth-year option for the 2020 season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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