Lukayus McNeil, OL, Louisville
6’6”, 328 lbs
40-yard dash: 5.35 seconds
Arm length: 36.5 inches
Wingspan: 87.5 inches
2018: Started 12 games
2017: Started 13 games
2016: Started 13 games
2015: Started 11 games
Lukayus McNeil’s biggest strength is his versatility as he switched back and forth between tackle and guard while at Louisville. McNeil has a violent first punch that throws defenders off. Also has good footwork which increases his range. Has a huge frame at 6’6” which allowed him to bully at the college level. Considerable starting experience and durability with 46 starts over four years for the Cardinals.
Very average athletically, McNeil struggles getting to the second level in run blocking. In pulling situations he also seems to lack strength and fundamentals to lock onto blocks and push the line effectively. Will need to add muscle to compete in the NFL.
He ent back for his senior year to ‘perfect his craft’ but it may have actually negatively impacted his draft stock. Nonetheless, he has plenty of experience at both tackle and guard, and that makes him an attractive depth option or possibly someone to stash on the practice squad for a year. His build is stellar, just needs to add some muscle to it.
Fit with Raiders
With an open competition for the left guard spot, there’s a chance that McNeil impresses in the offseason and preseason and earns the role. He is a long shot to make the roster, but he is used to it. Like rookie running back Josh Jacobs, McNeil is no stranger to adversity, living on the streets while in high school. His passion and desire may be the intangible that allow him to carve out an NFL career. Having ample competition brings out the best in some and the worst in others.
Here is is at right guard vs Alabama