Neil Farrell Jr

Neil Farrell Jr

Measurements
  • Height
    6041
  • Hand
    10 1/8
  • VJ
    21.5
  • Weight
    330lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/4
  • Speed
    5.41
DT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6022
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    312lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    5.15
Tolbert Nance - Scout
Neil Farrell Jr
  • Overall Rank
    59
  • Position Rank
    7
  • Position
    DT
  • Age
    23.8 Years
  • Team
    LOUISIANA ST

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 3 5 0 7.1% 0 -
2018 10 23 4 11.4% 1.5 1 PD
2019 15 46 7 8.2% 3 1 FF
2020 10 25 2.5 5.3% 1 1 PD
2021 12 45 10 9.8% 2 2 PD

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Neil Farrell Jr. is a big, thick 3-4 NT with outstanding overall size, having outstanding height and above the line, functional weight that allows him to consistently anchor and create knock back at the LOS. Lighter in his lowers with a lower rear but lighter in his calves and stores significant weight in his stomach. Went from 287 lbs. as a FR in 2017 to 330 at the NFL Combine in 2022, gaining approx. 45 lbs. in that time frame. Stubbier player relative to what you’d like at the position with limited arm length, average shoulder width, and outstanding hand size. Other than missing the Fiesta Bowl after the 2018 season due to a lower leg injury suffered during that week of practice, Farrell didn’t miss any games during his career. Concerned ultimately about his arm length and ability to match up against length and 2-Gap consistently at the next level (that along with age limits his upside). Even so, it didn't hurt him in the SEC due to compensating in other areas.

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Neil Farrell Jr. has outstanding toughness due to showing willingness to play across the (0-3-Tech while at LSU in 2021) while also getting off the ball consistently with anticipation and playing with physicality/strength while playing through contact, rarely ever being knocked off the ball. Instinctual, disciplined player v Run who very often was 1 of the 1st linemen off the ball, which, along with his foot quickness, heavily compensated for his lack of length as he was able to offput opposing OL by quickly attacking them before they could react (especially evident as he was a nuisance against the OC against Alabama, causing a poor snap in Gun). Regardless of R/P always keeps his head up and has outstanding awareness of the play developing (see him progressing through assignments and making actual decisions in the backfield given the opportunity). Works his head around blocks working 1 to 2 and back to 1 2-Gapping. Shouldn’t be counted on as a player outside the box due to limited speed. Won’t consistently win in the 2nd half of the snap (needs to win early).

  • Toughness
    8
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 7.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Neil Farrell Jr. has above the line explosiveness, showing not only above the line get off (exploding low out of his stance and with his hands on blocks) while converting speed to power efficiently and effectively, displacing the OL (throwing them off early), and winning early. Gets high at times once on contact and will lose his leverage, but rarely gets knocked back and bends well enough in his hips/knees to get lower to the ground and sustain. Slightly concerned about the Combine measurables here but seeing it against SEC OL helps (10, 40, Vert were poor but don’t think they’re necessarily impactful in a compact area with what he’d be asked to do). Limited speed, not being an impactful player outside the box, mostly working as a downhill, run-plugger. Above the line body control, playing within and underneath himself regularly (equally utilizes his uppers and lowers on power and like how he initially comes out like a cannon, low). Didn’t show any film on the ground other than a blindside block at the Senior Bowl. Possesses limited bend, showing ability to contort his body while on blocks and work around OL but shouldn’t be expected to bend a corner or play on 3rd Down and long consistently in general. Limited COD and rarely ever see him redirect as a reactionary athlete when the ball goes the opposite direction but trust his foot speed enough to keep him above Poor. Above the line play strength, playing physically and holding up gaps consistently, presenting OL with a tough task trying to move him off the ball (including against Double Teams). Biggest limitation with his play strength is his length.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    8
Grade 5.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Neil Farrell Jr. has above the line, anticipatory get off with high-level 1st 2 steps, regularly getting off the LOS faster than the other DL and even some of the opposing OL, which allows for him to win early. This regresses the more he’s aligned outside (but this report asks him to be a NT, so 3-Tech shouldn’t be the concern). Limited Pass Rush ability and flashes 2nd half of the snap motor in Pass Rush. Ultimately doesn’t have the twitch or flexibility to consistently be successful here (limited twitch/suddenness). Above average heavy handedness, working to strike and drive underneath opposing OL while showcasing 2-Gap ability (aided by leverage and initial strike but hurt by his relative lack of length). Don't see him consistently be able to lock out and has some flashes of struggling against Doubles (not concerned). Outstanding POA player from a 0 with above the line play from a 1, having some extremely disruptive stretches at times v Run with occasional flashes v Pass (watch Alabama). Limited closing speed but has a few flashes here and there (slow 40 shows especially with his weight). Above the line play temperament, not seen taking off many snaps even at his weight, where you’d expect this more.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    7
  • Pass Rush
    4
  • Heavy Handedness
    7
  • Point of Attack
    8
  • Disengage
    6
  • Closing Speed
    4
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    4
  • Play Temperament
    7
Grade 5.9

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
SR who has started 21 of 52 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021. 3-star HS prospect who came in listed at 287 lbs. as a FR (gaining approx. 45 lbs. while at LSU, weighing in at 330 at the NFL Combine). Saw action in 5 games as a True FR. Played in 10 games as a SOPH, suffering a lower leg injury during the week of the Fiesta Bowl (missed the game vs. UCF). Became the most productive DL in Tackles and TFLs in 2019 (on a National Championship-winning team) as a JR but only started 3 of 15 games he played (making his 1st SEC start vs. Florida). Played in all 10 games with 6 starts in 2020 as a SR. Started all 12 games with 12 starts in 2021 as a 5th year SR, being named All-American by PFF. Played under a team in turmoil in 2021, with the HC being fired (2 straight years .500 or below). Garnered 2 SEC Academic Honor Roll awards (2020 and 2021). Senior Bowl attendee and was the DL MVP of his team (American) while there. Played under HC Ed Orgeron (6th season), DC Daronte Jones (1st season), and DL Coach Andre Carter (1st season). Neil Farrell Jr. projects as a Role Starter with limited upside (“he is what he is”) due to his age and limited length who would work best as a 3-4, 0-2i NT with capability to play 3-Tech in spurts (could be a successful 1-Tech in a 4-3 as well). Can 1 and 2-Gap effectively enough (but am certainly concerned if his instinctive nature can translate into success to overcome his lack of length against larger, more athletic OL at the next level). He is best utilized as a win-early, 2-Down run plugger but has limited ability as a Pass Rusher due to limited twitch, COD, and flexibility to bend a corner. High FBIQ player. Although a player like John Ridgeway III or Phidarian Mathis might look better, Farrell is just simply a better Football player.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Alabama
  • Nov - 06 - 2021
  • Played to his strengths playing mostly 0-Tech / Great UOH and Hand Strength / 5 Pressures and a Sack in Pass Rush
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT UCLA
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Didn't generate pressure or produce a ton / Allowed a big run
Best Trait
Snap Anticipation / Awareness / General FBIQ
Pro Comparison
Davon Godchaux (2017 - 5th Round - Pick 178 - Miami Dolphins)