5. Keanu Neal, 6-1 216, Florida
In two years with Florida, Neal developed a reputation as a hard-hitting safety. He left school after his junior season.
Scouts single out Neal for his tremendous physicality and aggressive nature, but point out his lack of discipline and average athletic ability.
Neal is something of a dark horse, having garnered much less buzz thus far than players like Jayron Kearse and Vonn Bell. However, Neal is now becoming a talked-about name in scouting circles according to Tony Pauline: (via philadelphiaeagles.com)
"Several teams believe Neal is the “best-looking safety in the draft” and love his explosive play. Neal struggled with a leg injury early last season and was a bit slow on his return. Several scouts mentioned the 2014 film is more indicative of his true next-level potential when Neal presented himself as a complete player at the position, deftly stopping the run and covering the pass."
Neal seems like a well-rounded though athletically unimpressive player who could be a target for the Vikings if he lasts beyond the first couple rounds.