Neil Farrell, DL: LSU – The Steel Study 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Cheatsheet

By Jeremy Hritz

Height: 6’4
Weight: 325
40 (est.): 5.2
College: LSU
Career Stats
– 54 solo tackles, 143 assists, 22 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble 
– Massive body, can occupy blockers and command attention
– Relentless energy and does not quit on a play
– Athletic and explosive with good burst, but does not have great sideline-to-sideline movement
– Disrupts passing game with hands up, disrupting passing lanes
– Intelligent, high-character young man
Areas for Growth
– Consistency in performance, experiences lulls in play
– Upper body strength is less-than-desirable 
– Requires growth in ability to change direction swiftly 
– Not a factor in pass rush 
– Plays a bit high and stiff at times
Best-Case Scenario
– Can step in as a role player year #1 and develop over time as a quality nose who can dictate blocks and thwart the running game
Likely Reality
– A developmental player who sticks to a practice squad and contributes in a role in year #2
Projected Round
– 7th round, priority undrafted free agent 
Potential to Land with the Steelers
– Depth primarily as a 1-technique defender, with the chops to contribute as a 3-tech, which impacts his draft value, though these traits would make him valuable to the Steelers. A better run defender than a pass rusher, this is what the Steelers are looking for, as they want their ILBs to make the plays and have their DL eat up space. 

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