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Buffalo Bills select Jacksonville State safety Siran Neal at pick number 154

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With the 154th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Siran Neal, a safety from Jacksonville State. Neal is a tough, physical safety who battled through injuries at the Senior Bowl. The 6’0’’ 206 pound defensive back came into the draft with some notable accolades in two All-Ohio Valley Conference nods. During his time as a linebacker at Jacksonville, he piled up 80 tackles, 11.5 of them for a loss.

During Neal’s time at Jacksonville, he specialized in two positions in the linebacker and safety positions. This versatility can allow Neal to be slotted into different defensive schemes and possibly stand out as a special team player.

Neal comes with some flaws though, as he tended to get lost in coverage when transitioning from linebacker to safety. But, this is a quick fox for the Bills because, in his time at safety, Neal stood out with a team-high 11 passes defended.

With this pick, the Bills add depth to the backfield and add a level of versatility to the secondary.