> Ball magnet with excellent attack and ball winning skills in traffic (prolific HBG and clearance winner)
> Clean hands
> Good tackling pressure in close and strong attack on the man
> Reads the play well and typically well positioned at stoppages
> Very clever, creative decision maker with very good vision in and out of traffic
> Very good engine
> Clean and sharp feeder
> Well balanced and strong through the core. – keeps his feet in traffic and rarely pushed off the ball
> Undersized at only 175cm – conceding around 10cm to the average midfielder
> Slowish pace off the mark, reasonable evasiveness but little top speed.
> Limited versatility for AFL – inside midfield seems to be the only fit
> Kicking is decent - can use both sides, trajectory is low and accuracy and weighting are generally ‘OK’ – limited to distances just under 50m max.
> At a slight reach advantage for his height
> Played 2 U18 champ series for NSW/ACT (2008 and 2009) – 2009 Hunter Harrison medallist, NSW/ACT U18 MVP and AA U18 team I/C
> Played 2008 and 2009 TAC Cup for Murray - 2008 TAC Cup GF winning team and 2009 TAC Cup TOTY FP
> Nominated for the 2008 draft as a bottom ager
McNeill’s lack of height will again put him further down the order than his footbaling ability would suggest, however if given the opportunity, he has the skillset to develop into a very serviceable inside midfielder. I think he’s worth a pick anywhere from 3rd round onwards.