According to draft analyst Charlie Campbell, Alabama’s Evan Neal and Central Michigan’s Bernhard Raimann have enough medical concerns that some teams had to remove them off their boards.
“WalterFootball.com has learned from team sources that some teams have medically flunked Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal. The exact nature and concern of the medical issue was revealed to Walter Football. But, out of respect for Neal’s privacy and to maintain the teams’ discretion, we won’t disclose the details. These medical exams are subjective, however. So while Neal was flunked by some, sources from other teams shared their organizations had given him a passing grade.”
Neal is widely considered to be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft. As for Raimann, he also received a medical “F” from a number of teams.
With Campbell writing, “As with Neal, we will respect Raimann’s privacy and team discretion to keep quiet on the exact nature. Raimann was a projected second-day pick by teams prior to the the medical reports coming in. And these medical concerns could cause Raimann to slide.”
Neal is a 6-7.5, 370-pound Offensive Tackle from Okeechobee, FL. The veteran of 40 starts over three years and three positions along the Alabama offensive line, starting 13 games at left guard in 2019, 12 games at right tackle in 2020 and 15 games at left tackle in 2021
Raimann, born and raised in Vienna, Austria, returned to Austria for his senior year of high school, served six months in the military and didn’t play football in 2017. He returned to the U.S. in 2018 and went on to play two seasons at tight end for Central Michigan before making the switch to offensive line at 245 pounds.