The Pittsburgh Steelers made a very on-brand selection with the No. 84 overall pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh selected Texas A&M defensive tackle DeMarvin Leal.
Here’s the scouting report on Leal from NFL.com:
Early entry defensive lineman who appears to be caught between “best fit” positions at this time. Leal possesses adequate rush skills and knows how to craft a rush plan, but a lack of suddenness and closing burst turns potential sacks into hurries without the help of a long pocket count. When the motor is cranked up, he can stack and slide past run blockers with efficiency and quickness. He didn’t put together the tape that was expected and disappointing reps against Evan Neal (Alabama) and Charles Cross (Mississippi State) could create concerns about his pro readiness. Most will see him as an even-front defender in some capacity, but playing 3-4 DE might be his best fit as a pro.
Leal just feels like a Steelers player. He’s a 3-4 defensive end who will immediately provide Pittsburgh with some depth at the position, which is extremely important with Stephon Tuitt questionable for the 2022 season.
The Steelers could also use some upgrades along their defensive line after giving up over 146 rushing yards per game.
Leal should help in that area.
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