CBS Sports believes there’s a “sleeper rookie” who could possibly play a big role for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022.

Chris Trapasso, a draft analyst for CBS Sports, feels like defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal could earn a key role for the Steelers as a rookie.

Leal, a former Texas A&M standout, was drafted by the Steelers with the No. 84 overall pick (third round) in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Here’s what Trapasso had to say about Leal:

If the Steelers are getting 2020 Leal, they hit the jackpot in Round 3. If they get 2021 Leal, they’ll have a rather sizable hole in the depth of their defensive line after the retirement of Stephon Tuitt. But that retirement alone will force Leal into a substantial role as a rookie. He’s a legitimate tweener: not quite big and powerful enough to deal with the strength he’d see on the inside and around average in teams of athleticism and burst needed to win consistently around the corner. However, Pittsburgh has a long history of developing truly versatile defensive linemen, so I’m banking on that to get the most out of the undoubtedly talented Leal.

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May 26, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end DeMarvin Leal (98) participates in organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not sure what Trapasso means by “if the Steelers are getting 2020 Leal, they hit the jackpot in Round 3”.

Leal was better in 2021 than he was in 2020.

Last season, Leal totaled a career-high 58 tackles and 8.5 sacks. In 2020, Leal had just 2.5 sacks.

The Steelers should hope they’re getting 2021 Leal.

Either way, there’s certainly a huge opportunity for Leal to make an impact thanks to Stephon Tuitt’s retirement.

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