DeMarvin Leal

DeMarvin Leal

  • Height
  • Hand
    9 3/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
    33 1/8
  • Speed
DT Combine Averages
  • Height
  • Hand
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
  • Speed
Tolbert Nance - Scout
DeMarvin Leal
  • Overall Rank
  • Position Rank
  • Position
  • Age
    22.0 Years
  • Team


Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 13 38 6 8.4% 2 -
2020 10 37 7 11.1% 2.5 1 INT, 3 PD, 1 FR, 1 FF
2021 12 58 13 9.5% 8.5 2 PD, 1 FF


Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

DeMarvin Leal has average overall size for a 4-3, 3-Tech DT with adequate height and limited weight. Possesses adequate arm length, average shoulder width, and average hand size. Light upper body with limited arm definition with not a ton of bad weight. Stores a substantial amount of his weight in his lower half with a massive rear, wide hips, and thick thighs. Missed Spring ball in 2018 (undisclosed) and 2019 (minor cartilage tear in his knee), but never missed a game while at A&M, playing 1,747 snaps over a 3-year career (Leal opted out of Texas A&M’s 2021 Gator Bowl, before A&M opted out due to COVID-19). Among 2022 NFL Combine DTs, Leal is the 3rd youngest (7/1/2000) along with being 1 of 2 true JRs (other is Chris Hinton), which could mean that there is still room for growth. Room for concern, as he was arrested on 12/18/21 for Possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces in Collin County, TX.

  • Size
  • Length
  • Frame/Durability
Grade 6.3


Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

DeMarvin Leal has average toughness due to showing the mental capability/willingness to play every position on the DL (0-5) but was limited physically the farther he aligned inwards on the DL (excluding Goal Line and FGB). Didn’t miss a game in his career and won the Freshman Strength Award for A&M in 2018 (showing his work off the field to stay on the field). Limited overall instincts/FBIQ and struggles as a read player on Options/RPOs in conflict. Low awareness on Screen passes. Regularly lackadaisical get off/initials and rarely anticipates the snap against Pass. Highly effective gap shooter on Goal Line. Flashes ability to diagnose inside/outside Run and keeps his eyes up when he doesn’t create penetration as Rusher to create PDs. Flashes adequate effort/motor but is limited overall with wildly inconsistencies, running more cold than hot (extreme difference between the beginning of the Ole Miss game’s effort vs. the rest of the game). Flashes willingness to chase players down on the outside but is only looking to be a cut back tackling option (not actively chasing). Win early player on the interior and against Double Teams to be successful (will quit during the snap otherwise).

  • Toughness
  • Instincts
  • Effort/Motor
Grade 4.3


Does he have the athletic traits you want?

DeMarvin Leal has average explosiveness for his size (would expect more AA with less weight) due to lethargic get off and 1st 2 steps that doesn’t gain enough ground quickly enough for him to win consistently vs. average NFL OTs. Plus, he is limited in his upper body power/contact stamina and must win early as an initiator with his average initial striking power (not the type of player he’s shown on tape). Adequate speed for a DT of his size and has flashes in space when finally upright. Outstanding body control and plays within himself consistently (helps that he generates most of his power from his lower body, coming out of his hips and maintaining balance). Adequate flexibility/bend and flashes ability to bend the corner adequately but struggles to get home due to some hip stiffness (fluid ankles). What he lacks in get off, he makes up for with flashes of above the line COD and adequate foot speed, flashing ability as a cross-face player or gap penetrator. Average play strength that should improve with development but has left him regularly outdone by top OL matchups (Evan Neal from Alabama and Charles Cross from Mississippi State are main matchups to watch).

  • Explosiveness
  • Speed
  • Body Control
  • Flexibility/Bend
  • Change of Direction
  • Play Strength
Grade 6.2


Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

DeMarvin Leal has limited get off/initial burst, struggling to consistently want to/be able to anticipate the snap to overcome. Lethargic off the ball in 1st 2 steps (regularly beaten or matched by his counterparts on the DL off the ball). Adequate in Pass Rush due what he flashes in the 2nd half of the snap with his upper body wiggle, above the line COD, and adequate foot speed along with ankle fluidity. Diversity of PR moves from inside/out including an above the line swim move, average cross chop, and developing secondary spin move. Average initial strike that needs to carry over to heavy handedness consistently (will have to work more creating strength to displace, ability to lock out, and contact stamina to be considered as a potential 2-Gap player or 3-4 DE). Too often is soft with his hands and will duck his shoulder to create leverage while driving his feet (especially vs. Double Teams or chips). Needs to work on hand placement and timing and tends to miss high but does at least maintain normally. Average POA player who is looking to make the easy/Highlight plays (need more consistency with the difficult ones). Adequate disengaging, struggling vs. length due to allowing players to come into his body first and initiate contact on him but having the hand quickness/UOH to be successful along with flashes of initiating contact. Average closing speed. Limited and twitch and suddenness and struggles as a reactionary athlete. Limited play temperament and would like to see more violence.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
  • Pass Rush
  • Heavy Handedness
  • Point of Attack
  • Disengage
  • Closing Speed
  • Twitch/Suddenness
  • Play Temperament
Grade 5.0

Grading Scale

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What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
JR who has started 29 of 35 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021. 5-star HS prospect who has been a regular starter for Texas A&M since his FR year and hasn’t missed a game/start over the past 2 years (22 games). Earned the Defensive Top Newcomer and the Freshman Strength Award in 2019 as a true FR, earned the Defensive MVP and the Spring Defensive MVP in 2020, and earned the Defensive MVP and the Community Service Award in 2021 among his Texas A&M teammates. Nationally, he was widely regarded as either a 1st or 2nd Team All-American in 2021. Played under HC Jimbo Fisher (4th season), DC/SAF Coach Mike Elko (4th season), and DL Coach Elijah Robinson (4th season). Although DeMarvin Leal played all over the defensive front (0-5) for A&M’s 3-4, he didn’t consistently show the strength to 2-Gap and excelled in spurts as a penetrating, single gap player, and therefore would fit exclusively as a Developmental Backup with traits at 3-Tech in a 4-3 with potential to be a Functional Starter that you can win with who has versatility to play in a variety of roles throughout the DL. He has the developmental potential being 1 of the younger DTs in the draft, along with having a frame to add strength, but must have the right support at the next level. He struggled against top, NFL-level matchups. Although minor, there is room for concern as he was arrested on 12/18/21 for Possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces in Collin County, TX (something to know about).

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Ole Miss
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • 2nd Half was best motor he showed all season / All positive traits were evident
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Mississippi State
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • Struggled vs. Charles Cross / Recorded 2 pressures but both were unblocked, effort plays (both sacks) / Looked sluggish
Best Trait
Body Control / Developmental Upside
Pro Comparison
Da'Quan Bowers (2011 - 2nd Round - Pick 51 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers)