Could Panthers look close to home and draft DT Alim McNeill?

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Alim McNeill scouting report

To say Alim McNeill made a smooth transition to defensive tackle in college would be something of an understatement. The prospect played both at linebacker and running back in high school before a complete change in position when he got to North Carolina State, which proved to be the making of him.

McNeill might be a little rough around the edges, but the scope for improvement is vast. He is a powerful presence on the interior that is incredibly difficult to move off the block, which is down to supreme power at the point of attack, and a sturdy base that is highly effective on running downs.

This is where McNeill thrives, although there are some encouraging signs when it comes to generating pressure in opposing backfields. Some refinement is needed regarding his pass-rushing moves, but the Carolina Panthers wouldn’t be expecting too much from him in this regard during the early stages of his transition.

What Carolina is lacking is a more stereotypical defensive tackle that can impact run plays on early downs. McNeill might only boast three years of experience playing the position at NC State, but the upside is high and one thing is certain, the prospect won’t be found wanting where effort is concerned.

McNeill ended his college career with 10 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. The best thing one can say about him is that from a skill perspective, he is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he’s capable of.