Florida S Keanu Neal Set For Pre-Draft Visit With Steelers

Keanu Neal

The Pittsburgh Steelers are certainly interested in drafting a safety this year and on Tuesday we learned that another one will be brought to town for a pre-draft visit.

According to Florida safety Keanu Neal on Twitter, he is headed to Pittsburgh to visit with the Steelers.

Neal, who finished 2015 with 84 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception, measured in at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at 6004, 211-pounds. At his recent pro day, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive backs coach Carnell Lake were all in attendance.

Last season, STATS has Neal down as allowing 14 receptions for 137 yards and no touchdowns while in coverage. While he only reportedly played 75% of the defensive snaps last season, he did miss the first two games due to a hamstring injury.

Neal has been linked to the Steelers dating all the way back to the combine.

Neal now makes the fifth safety on our pre-draft visitor list as he joins Jayron Kearse, Darian Thompson, Jeremy Cash and Deon Bush. Cash and Bush were in Pittsburgh last Friday.

While the Steelers did re-sign safety Robert Golden prior to the start of the new league year, veteran free agent safety Will Allen is not expected to be brought back for another season.

2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Florida S Keanu Neal

  • Ike Evans

    Yessir

  • JNick

    I have a feeling he is their guy.

  • harding36

    Agreed. But in what round?

  • PaeperCup

    My safety wishlist. 1. Darian Thompson 2. Karl Joseph 3. Von Bell 4. Miles Killebrew 5. Jeremy Cash 6. Keanu Neal

  • PaeperCup

    Dude is cut.

  • JM_3

    Man if we could somehow grab him, Karl, or Darian in the 2nd, I’d be the happiest guy on earth.

  • John

    Neal reminds me of Shanarko. I like either Joseph or the guy from BC Simmons.

  • Brandon Campbell

    Yeah I think so too! Combine pro day and now a pre draft visit at headquarters. …

  • Tim Goetz

    Hopefully 4

  • CP72

    I prefer him as a box safety to Cash. Big enough to play nickel linebacker.

  • CP72

    Ike you and I have liked Neal for months. I’m surprised how many feel differently.

  • CP72

    Now that would be a steal. If we got him in the 2nd I would be happy.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Would like the steelers to take a safety in the first 3rds. But also move grant back there for depth.

  • H.K. northern cali

    How about jackson in the first to go with one of those guys?

  • Brandon Campbell

    Yes ya’ll have Ike turned me on to Neal a few months ago… That boy is good that boy is real good…lol

  • Brandon Campbell

    Look like they really like this dude…And he might be at the top of there list for safties….

  • JM_3

    That’d be ideal or Billings if he is available

  • Big Joe

    Looks like they’re evaluating safeties that span the first 4-5 rounds so they know who’s still available when. Or, they plan to draft 2 (1 early and 1 later on) to reload the position in the event Shark doesn’t work out again this year

  • harding36

    I have a feeling they’re taking one of these safeties in the second. Could be Neal.

  • Ike Evans

    Hes such a steeler….there are a few guys in this draft who scream pittsburgh when they play… Hes one of them

  • Ike Evans

    Yea….of he wouldve ran a 4.52 or lower at the combine…i suspect many of those ppl wouldve jumped on the wagon

  • GoSteelerz

    I hope they bring in Byard for a visit as well. He had an excellent pro day. Don’t know if anyone from Pittsburgh was there, but I hope they’re interested at least.

  • harding36

    That’s an interesting list. I like Neal a little more than any of these guys, but they’re all pretty clustered. (although I haven’t been able to find much film on Killebrew). I’m also intrigued at the idea of picking Cash or Cravens to play the Troy P. hybrid S/LB role.

  • PaeperCup

    Ooh forgot about Cravens. I WAS in love with him before, but I just don’t know where he fits. We really need a safety that can help against the Pass game too, don’t think Cravens can. Actually why I have Neal a bit down there as well. I’m intrigued by Killebrew more than anything. He was a monster at SSU….but he played in the big sky so we don’t know how he’d fare against tougher opponents.

  • WreckIess

    Good to see. I’d take him in the 2nd easy.

  • 58Steel

    Steelers seem to be more interested in the SS and or S/LB hybrids. Simmons is more of a FS type. Not that I don’t like him. Just don’t know if he’s what the Steelers are looking for. Similarly for Vonn Bell.

  • John

    I agree. They seem to like the hitters who don’t cover as well. I think they need to go the other way with that. Mitchell would seem to give them flexibility but we will see.

  • PittsburghSports

    I’d go… 1) Karl Joseph 2) Keanu Neal 3) Jalen Mills 4) Darian Thompson 5) Von Bell 6) Sean Davis 7) Justin Simmons 8) Devin Bush 9) Kevin Byard 10) T.J. Green. I’m not a fan of Killebrew, and until I see Cash run, I’m not sure if he could hold up as a Safety. Cravens is definitely not one.

  • Matt Manzo

    Good list! I’d put Davis ahead of Bell and add Jatavis Brown to the middle of the list!
    I know everyone wants him at LB, but I think his coverage abilities are way better than Most of the “hybrid” guys!

  • Matt Manzo

    He’d be a great 2nd rounder! But I think he goes in the the top half of the 2nd!

  • Steve Johnson

    Shamarko? Please don’t jinx the kid.

  • PittsburghSports

    A part of me thinks Bell could be the #2 or even #1 Safety.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    JNick-

    The Steelers are kind of like a teenage boy who has a crush on a girl. They try to be calm and cool and nonchalant, but in the end they’ll give themselves away every time. It’s just too hard for them hide how they feel. It oozes out of them. And they’re just not good at the whole “smoke screen” game.

    The Steelers were crushing on Landon Collins last year. And they’re crushing on Keanu Neal this year. I’m not saying he’s the best safety, I’m just saying they’re highly interested in him. They want a guy who can close and tackle, and he does fit that mold.

    I personally am hoping for either Vonn Bell or Darian Thompson. But I’m pretty sure Colbert doesn’t care a tremendous amount what we fans think?

  • SnoopDogg123

    What Round do you think Neal gets drafted? Various draft sites have him anywhere from a Late 1st Round Prospect – Mid/Late Round Prospect.

  • PittsburghSports

    mid-late 2nd.

  • Gautama Om

    Neal is projected to be in the 2nd round. I’m guessing late 2nd round where our pick is. So if he’s there when we pick in the 2nd then he’s surely our guy.

  • T3xassteelers

    Thank god there’s a lot of good safeties to be had in the 2nd round. Recently, there’s been maybe 1 of those safeties, but this year theres about 5. GREAT year to need a safety.

  • T3xassteelers

    Unless the Steelers plan on moving Mitchell to his more natural position of SS where he can blitz like he did in Carolina. Never quite understood why we made him a FS; though he did do well this year.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah he is def not a mid/late round prospect right now

  • Rotten Sircus

    If we go safety it better be Karl Joseph from W.Virginia or Jeremy Cash ..(IMO)

  • T3xassteelers

    I want 1.) Karl Joseph 2.) Darian Thompson 3.) Keanu Neal IMO

  • Rusted Out

    Cash melts mofo’s though…

  • Matt Manzo

    I think he’s great! I just lean towards the idea of making him a CB. I liked that one!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I’m not a fan but there is no doubt the Steelers have interest in the kid. I just hope if we pick him it is in the 2nd and most preferably the 3rd.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    My five would be: 1) Karl Joseph 2) DeAndre Houston-Carson 3)KJ Dillon 4) TJ Green 5) Derrick Kindred

  • Applebite

    If you want any safety in this draft, it has to be Neal.

  • 58Steel

    Troy was still here in Mitchell’s first year. Then Shamarko was supposed to take over as the SS (we all know how that worked out). Mitchell’s versatility allows the Steelers to put him at either safety position. Since there was more of a “need” at FS, that’s where he’s been. Would Mitchell be better suited at SS? Perhaps, but it only matters if the coaches feel that way, and the surrounding talent accommodate it.

  • CP72

    That’s certainly a different list.

  • PittsburghSports

    Something about DHC I don’t like. He looks bowlegged or something. KJ Dillion had a 28″ vert which makes me super nervous that his legs aren’t developed.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    There are guys who I think are better then some of these but for where the analyst are predicting these guys I like their value.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It all comes down to tape for me. Is the guy a starting NFL football player? For me Dillon and DHC checks the box.

  • Brandon Campbell

    I agree he does scream Steeler…

  • Brandon Campbell

    Trae Elston too!

  • Brandon Campbell

    I love Karl Joseph I think he’s my favorite out of the bunch reminds me of Earl Thomas but with harder hits! Keanu Neal is another one who reminds me of Kam Chancellor! Weird comparisons seeing that they are both on the same team. I also have really started liking Trae Elston from Ole Miss too. He seems like a complete saftey….that plays real hard nose football…..

  • Brandon Campbell

    Hey Ike what do you think of Trae Elston from Ole Miss….

  • Brandon Campbell

    Yep I think it’s the magic spot to draft one this year I just hope he’s there when we pick…..

  • Ike Evans

    Never watched him but ive seen a tremendous amount of ole miss tape the last 2 years to watch different players snd hes never jumped out at me

  • Brandon Campbell

    Or Karl Joseph…..

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, I agree. Obviously the Steelers feel the versatility of Mitchell is there; since they feel that way, it shouldn’t discount that they are looking at some FS. Keeping all options open and whoever is higher on the board, whether is be a hard hitting SS or a ball hawking FS is there.

  • PittsburghSports

    I hear ya, but they run the combines, pro days and private workouts for a reason. All of it matters to some degree. Not that I don’t like those guys. I just think there’s 10 guys better than them. I watched a little of DHC’s tape but I hate watching small school games lol. I wasn’t all that impressed with him at the Senior Bowl game. Maybe I’d rate Dillon higher, butI haven’t watched much of him either.

  • 58Steel

    Yep. Gives them a lot of options. Should come away with a good safety either way.

  • Brandon Campbell

    Never did for me either, but Steelers have shown some interest so I went back to look and he’s pretty good. He had 18 passes defended 70 tackles and 4 ints this past year…..the 18 passes defended stood out to me…So then I looked at the tape and he seems to be one of the more balanced safties in the draft as far as tackling and coverage skills… I think the Steelers might double dip at saftey this year… Go to youtube and check him out…..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    These are guys who I like compared to where they are projected by the so called experts. I think these guys are bargains. There are guys who I think are better then some of these guys but I do not think they are good value for where they are suppose to go. AKA Neal, Bell, Thompson.