Round 4, No. 119 overall: Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State
This would be an interesting pick as well as one that could have fans scratching their heads. Why not Jessie Bates? Why not Armani Watts? A variety of reasons, actually.
Telesco has never seemed to place a huge emphasis on the safety position so it would be out of character for him to think about drafting one before this spot. Bates won’t be on the board at this spot.
For all of the questions you have about Siran Neal out of Jacksonville State, there are just as many concerns with Watts. When watching tape of Watts, I see him as a wildly inconsistent player. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com calls him a “feast or famine” player.
That doesn’t seem like a Telesc kind of pick. Instead, he’ll take a chance on Neal, who is a better tackler than Watts and brings with him better-than-perceived coverage skills as he also played cornerback in college. The fact that he often came up near the line of scrimmage to lend run support is also something the team should be interested in.
In 2016, Stacy showed his versatility by notching 80 tackles, half a sack, one interception and one forced fumble as a linebacker for the team. He’s played all over the defense in college, something that will likely catch the eye of Bradley in the draft process.
You can question the level of competition he faced in college, but he is an intriguing option that could become a defensive chess piece for the Bolts.