2017 NFL Draft: Who is Lewis Neal? 5 things on the LSU defensive lineman

Lewis Neal is a name that gets lost on LSU’s star-studded defense, but that makes him no less capable of carving out a solid NFL career than any of his other teammates.

The defensive end actually led LSU with 8 sacks as a junior in 2015, but had his responsibilities change when the Tigers shifted to a 3-4 alignment in 2016.

Here are five things to know about Neal.

1. Lewis Neal answers the bell in big games

Myles Garrett’s top games at Texas A&M tended to come against low-calorie opponents. The opposite is true for Lewis Neal.

His best game was against Alabama in 2016, when he recorded 11 tackles and was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. Neal’s best work as a 4-3 defensive end was against Florida in 2015, when he nabbed 3 sacks.

2. Lewis Neal is versatile

Neal can play defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 as well as defensive tackle in a 4-3. Neal even went through linebacker drills on LSU’s pro day even though he’s never played the position.

“Teams don’t understand how athletic I am,” Neal said. “It’s not new for me, but it’s new for them.”

3. Lewis Neal is undersized for his position

The perception Neal must fight is that he isn’t tall enough to play defensive end in the NFL. He measured at 6-foot and 1/2 inch at LSU’s pro day after not receiving an invitation to the NFL Combine.

4. Lewis Neal could be in the next ‘Barbershop’ movie

Assuming there is a market for more movies in the “Barbershop” series, Neal is qualified to make a cameo. Last summer he became the co-owner of a hair salon near LSU’s campus. Neal earned the money to buy in to the salon by day trading on the foreign exchange market in his free time.

5. Lewis Neal owns his own investment firm

After making money day trading, Neal skipped the middleman and started his own firm. He made a bit of history in the process, becoming the first African-American athlete to start an investment firm on the foreign exchange market.


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