DL Texas A&M 6-4 283 JR #8
GRADE: 90 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 33 1/4″ // HAND SIZE: 9 1/2″
40YD: 5.00 (82%) // 10YD: 1.74 (78%) // VJ: 27 1/2″ (40%) // BJ: 8’10” (65%)
BP: ( %) // SS: 4.49 (87%)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Leal is a starting 7 technique Defensive End in a one-gap scheme with plenty of line movement to minimize his need to read/react. Draft projection: Third round ~ Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
Ravens Fit: Leal is a tough projection to the Ravens scheme. He certainly has the athleticism they look for in a Defensive Lineman now, and his pass rush ability is alluring but I’m not sure it translates to a full-time inside role, which would be very different from the way Texas A&M deployed him. He also doesn’t look to diagnose blocks quickly enough in the run game where he does not yet have good 2-gapping instincts. I certainly saw a player who has mental toughness and competes and he is versatile in that he plays different spots but I’m not sure an inside role in a 2-gap scheme is where he will be at his best at the next level.
Overall Fit 3/5
He has played all over the Texas A&M Defensive Line and shows the versatility to line up at many different alignments. He is mostly lined up at 7 technique though. He is long, lean and athletic for his size.
He has good initial get-off in obvious passing situations but at other times can be a little slow off the mark. Once he does get-off he gains ground quickly for his size and uses his athleticism to soften angles. He is a good pass-rusher with an effective plan that he deploys throughout the game. He will use a ghost hand against Offensive Linemen with a reach advantage to help him get to the half-man and take the edge, before coming back the next play with a long arm when the O-Lineman is overcompensating defending his edge. He combines his feet and hands well, utilizing jab steps to get the OL off-balance before coming back with an effective outside or inside move. He deploys cross-face moves well and uses his hands well in the initial part of the rush. Against Offensive Linemen with more recovery ability, he can struggle to finish on the QB. He uses initial moves to set up secondary moves effectively but if an OL is able to counter and recover from these impressive first steps, he can struggle to affect the Quarterback. Other than that he has good closing speed and can corner well for his size.
On drive/base blocks he will use his hands effectively with good placement and locks out to gain leverage despite his long frame. When facing other blocks it is more apparent that he is a penetrator first. Against zone blocking schemes, he doesn’t diagnose quickly enough to prevent vertical movement from the Offensive Linemen to the second level, he struggles to match angles with reach blocks in general. When OL work in combination against him they can seal him inside as he isn’t quick enough to see the double team coming. He also isn’t able to fit his hands/pads while on the move against better competition and can lose leverage. Against pullers he doesn’t time his hands effectively and their momentum can eat up his leverage quickly, against lesser competition he can recover and reset his hands to gain leverage. He has solid competitive toughness but it doesn’t jump off the screen and he won’t always run full speed to the ball carrier in pursuit when the play is moving away from him.
Plays all across the D-line but most effective as an athletic for his size pass-rusher outside, where he is dangerous. Some concerns as run defender vs ZBS
JR: 9 Sacks, 5 QB Hits, 50 Total Tackles, 1 FF
SO: 3 Sacks, 9 QB Hits, 33 Total Tackles, 1 FF
INJURY: Minor Knee Cartilage Tear (FR)