2022 NFL draft: DeMarvin Leal scouting report

A former five-star recruit who has played in multiple fronts, Texas A&M’s DeMarvin Leal will hope his blue-chip talent and versatility will positively impact his stock as he enters the 2022 NFL draft.

Here is everything you need to know about the Aggies’ disruptive defensive lineman:


Height: 6-4

Weight: 283

Class: Junior

40 time: 5.00


Leal plays with excellent strength, using push-and-pull techniques to move bigger lineman into the backfield or clear the outside edge to contain/pursue. That power is the high point of his game, as he’s often able to use one arm to separate from blockers before closing in on the ball carrier. He routinely punishes opponents who are late off the snap by putting them on the ground.

His hands coordinate with his upper body well, as Leal consistently strikes off the snap and quickly overwhelms his opponents. He’s able to maneuver his hands appropriately while maintaining play strength through blocks, and can shift effectively to close off gaps. He plays with great gap integrity, with quick reaction time to the ball carrier before leaving his assignment. He’s a disciplined at the line of scrimmage.

Leal always seems to have a plan in the pass rush, able to flip between finesse and power at will. He has nice spin and swim moves in his toolbox to get past undisciplined lineman, and strength to power through if he’s contained on the beginning of those moves.


A bit of a “tweener,” Leal will need to find the right fit in the NFL, as he will likely not be explosive enough to play a typical edge role. He’ll need to play inside in any scheme, and learn the nuances of playing there at the next level.

Given his athletic traits and overall talent, it was a bit alarming that Leal did not have top-tier production, and didn’t jump off the tape more often when watching the Aggies’ defense. He’ll need to play with more consistency and maximize those impressive physical tools if he wants to realize his lofty potential in the NFL.


There’s a lot to love about Leal, and NFL coaches are likely to agree, as they’ll be eager to develop him and hopefully take advantage of his obvious physical skills. Teams will have to work through some of the tape and figure out what to clean up before committing to him early, but he should hear his name called early on Day 2.

Projection: Top 50

Story originally appeared on Draft Wire