BIO: Four-year starter who posted 55/12/6 as a senior, also intercepting one pass and breaking up five more. Junior totals were 39/8/1 after 33/4/1 the prior year. Freshman All American in 2000 when he registered 67/13/5, leading the team in tackles for loss.
POSITIVES: Inside plugger that effectively stuffs the run. Gets off the ball with a good first step, plays with leverage and easily redirects to the action. Slides off blocks laterally, fast closing on the action and immediately alters his angle of attack. Displays an array of moves, effectively uses his hands or an arm over technique to get off blocks. Picks up assignments and plays intelligent football. Strong tackler that wraps up the ball carrier.
NEGATIVES: Seems lethargic and inconsistent at times. Neutralized by a single blocker or gets stood up at the point of attack.
ANALYSIS: After looking like a top prospect as a freshman, McNeil's play has seemingly leveled off. Occasionally flashing all too often he looks like just an ordinary defender. At the top of his game, a very good defensive line prospect.