by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page 

Round: 5th (#154 overall)

Name: Siran Neal

College: Jacksonville State (FCS)

Position: Safety

Height & Weight: 6’0″, 206 lbs

Key Stats: As a linebacker in 2016, had 80 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss.  Played cornerback in 2017 and broke up 11 passes.

Where He Fits on Bills: Depth behind starting safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde.  Rafael Bush is a veteran signed to be the main backup.  Neal will also figure in on special teams.

Who He Pushes Off Bills Roster: Maybe Bush if Neal plays well and makes defensive coaches comfortable with having him as the third safety.

Expected to Start Right Away?: No.  Not with Poyer and Hyde ahead of him.

Paul’s Take: Some thought the Bills would take a receiver or offensive lineman. Second straight defensive back selected.  Neal has coverage skills and linebacker skills from his career at Jacksonville State.  Word is Neal excels in zone defense, which is what the Bills play a lot of.

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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