DT – #8 Texas A&M
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Judson (Converse, TX)
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9920)
Phil Steele: PS#10
DeMarvin Leal scouting report
Has the straight-line speed to be used effectively as a stunt man and pull some excellent stunts. Much rangier than his size would normally suggest. Ridiculously quick. Incredible lateral quickness to work around blockers. Strong upper body. Flings bodies when he needs to. Not as stout in his lower half as he could be. Has the size to be a brute and some of the strength. Well above average, but not great.
First step is not great. Decently explosive. Wasn’t consistently double teamed because of his versatility being moved all across the line. Doesn’t show a lot of ability to win when he is caught in the double team. Still not great as a finesse player. Has a lot to learn about his hand usage. Very strong hands. Solid rip move.
Doesn’t wrap up as well. Seems to be a step off and misses the running back a lot. When he gets hands on the ball carrier, he shows the wrap up but doesn’t control the tackle as well as some players in this class do. Very rangy. Plays very well to the perimeter. Not particularly adept at picking up on play concepts. Fairly consistent as a pass rusher. Collected a career high 8.5 sacks in 12 games in 2021.
DeMarvin Leal has the ability to fluctuate all across a 4-3 defensive line, playing in every tech and from any position. More experienced evaluators will remember Brandon Graham as a very similar prospect coming out of Michigan back in 2010. Leal offers much of the same ability and is made of most of the same skillset.
We think Leal is a lock as a top 15 pick in this class. He has all of the ability to be one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league. While it may take Leal time to stand out, he should be in the league for a decade as a top-tier starter.