The Atlanta Falcons seem to have a ton of confidence in former Florida standout Keanu Neal as they selected the hard-hitting safety in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
On Wednesday, he became the first 2016 first-round selection to sign a rookie deal with his respective team.
NFL.com’s Kevin Patra reported that the Falcons agreed to a rookie deal with Neal, who is expected to be a centerpiece of the team’s defense moving forward. He has even been compared to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, which works out well since head coach Dan Quinn has experience with a player like that from his days as defensive coordinator with the Legion of Boom.
Quinn seems to be pretty set on bringing some of the Seattle defensive stylings to Atlanta to make the unit a force to be reckoned with over the next few years. This was apparent when the team selected three defensive players with their first four picks in the draft.
Keanu Neal saw his stock skyrocket just weeks before the NFL Draft, which saw him land in the middle of the first round. During his career with the Gators, he recorded 134 tackles and four interceptions.
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