SELECTED BY NEW ENGLAND , ROUND 4, PICK 32, OVERALL PICK 128
DE | (6-4, 248, 4.82) | Clemson
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Lettered in football, basketball and track in high school. Redshirted in 1998. Played in every game in '99 and 2000, with most of his action coming on passing downs. Got his first start in 2000 and started every game in '01 and '02. Made his senior year his best. Had 15 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks in '99; 23-3-2 in 2000; 49-11-8 in '01; and 64-13-8 in '02, when he led the team in tackles for loss and sacks for the second year in a row and was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick. Positives: A good athlete who is getting bigger and stronger as he matures. Is quick and fast, runs very well and has an initial burst and a closing burst to the quarterback. Shows some natural pass-rush ability. Stronger than you would think, and although he is thin and narrow for a defensive lineman, he has a bigger player's butt and some growth potential.Negatives: Lacks weight and bulk and can be buried and or engulfed by a big tackle. Does not use his hands too well to protect his body. Must win early or tends to get blocked and stay blocked. Needs to develop some escape moves. Looks a little stiff and straight-linish at times and has a hard time changing directions quickly and turning in to the quarterback. Winds up getting pushed by the tackle too often. Has only average straight-line speed.Summary: A pass-rushing end with a chance to get a lot better as he matures. In some ways, will remind you of former Tigers and current Vikings DE Lorenzo Bromell, but McNeal is smaller and faster.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.