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Watch: Detroit Lions DT Alim McNeill’s college highlights

Big men aren’t supposed to be able to move like him.

Boston College v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions' first three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft were all linemen and all three were well above the athletic baseline for their positions: Penei Sewell’s RAS was 8.98, Levi Onwuzurike RAS was 8.74, and Alim McNeill’s RAS was 8.52 out of 10.

At 6-foot-2 and 317 pounds, McNeill moves in ways he really shouldn’t at that size.

“He seems like a kind of shorter, wider guy, so you’re automatically thinking, ‘OK, he’s your typical two-down anchor nose tackle’,” Lions GM Brad Holmes said of McNeill. “But then you keep watching him and it’s like, ‘Wait, hold up. This dude’s got some quickness that you don’t usually see from a guy this big and this powerful,’ so he was really fun.”

Fun indeed.

Let’s take a look at some of McNeill’s college highlights, starting with the videos put out by the Lions:

Quick Clips

Game cut-ups, breakdowns

Interviews

Clipping the Eagles’ wings

Remember that time the Eagles got cute and traded back from pick No. 70 to No. 73, thinking McNeill would still be on the board only to see the Lions draft McNeill with pick No. 72, leaving the Eagles war room in dismay? Well, in case you forgot...