Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/56 -- Mike Neal, DE, 6-3, 294, Purdue: Hard-nosed player was primarily a tackle in college. Has ideal size to play end in the Packers' 3-4 scheme, but they also will utilize his pass-rushing skills on the inside in their subpackages. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Mike Neal News
12/24/14 - OLB Mike Neal continues to be listed on the injury report because of some late-season soreness in his core area. He practiced in limited fashion Wednesday. Neal played through the discomfort Sunday at Tampa Bay, registering his first full sack in five games.
12/17/14 - OLB Mike Neal was added to the injury report this week with an abdomen injury. McCarthy explained that Neal, who had limited work in practice Wednesday, is just feeling the common wear and tear in his core area late in the season. Neal, a key contributor in Green Bay's pass-rushing rotation at outside linebacker with 3 ½ sacks, doesn't seem to be in danger of not playing Sunday at Tampa Bay.
10/01/14 - OLB/DE Mike Neal was added to the injury report Wednesday with a hip injury that kept him from participating in the team's light workout on the eve of Thursday's matchup with the Vikings. McCarthy is hopeful Neal, who is on the injury list as probable, will be available to play.
07/30/14 - OLB/DE Mike Neal practiced Wednesday for the first time in camp. The fifth-year player started camp on the physically unable to perform list because of a sore abdomen and missed the first three practices. The 6-foot-3 Neal, who is listed at 285 pounds on the team roster, revealed that he reported to camp at 263 pounds - the lightest he has been since high school - to make him better equipped to play outside linebacker in his hybrid role.
07/27/14 - DE/OLB Mike Neal is on the PUP list when the team held its first camp practice Saturday. Neal indicated afterward that he's been enduring soreness in his lower abdomen. He participated in the offseason program this spring, filling in as a starter at outside linebacker with Clay Matthews held out. Neal isn't expected to miss much time at the outset of camp.