Steelers DL coach Karl Dunbar attends Texas A&M pro day

The Pittsburgh Steelers sent Liberty home today. But that wasn’t their only location on the reconnaissance trail. We spotted Steelers DL coach Karl Dunbar at Texas A&M’s Tuesday practice.

The biggest D-line prospect working for the Aggies today is DeMarvin Leal, an early Day 2 selection. Well-built at nearly 6’4″, 283 pounds with 33 1/4-inch long arms, he ran a 5.00 40 at this year’s Combine.We featured Leal earlier this month, with our writing by Jonathan Heitritter:

“Leal’s ability to rush the passer and get penetration could be of interest to the Pittsburgh Steelers, should they need a replacement for Stephon Tuitt should he decide not to return. However, his lack of size and strength on the inside that makes him a potential liability against the run could deter Pittsburgh from considering him heavily early on due to the fact they struggled so much against the run last season.There’s no denying Leal’s athletic talent and his advantage as a subset runner, but continuing to get stronger and develop his body will determine whether he becomes a capable starter or a quality player on the defensive line.

Heitritter finally slapped Leal with a second round rating. That’s about where it should go. Although slightly shorter than the Steelers like in defensive ends coupled with the fact that Leal would need to add some weight for the Pittsburgh system, he is overall a good body type along the Steelers line. Finding the “perfect” 6’5″, 305-pound, 34-inch defensive lineman is a rarity, and one of the reasons the team made an aggressive move for Wisconsin’s Isaiahh Loudermilk last year.

Pittsburgh re-signed Montravius ​​Adams and Tyson Alualu is returning for another season, likely his last in the league. But with Stephon Tuitt’s status still uncertain, the Steelers are open to being added to the position. Pittsburgh finished 32nd in run defense in 2021.

Leal isn’t the only prospect to watch. There’s also EDGE Micheal Clemons (Dunbar has coached EDGE rushers in previous years) who has recorded seven sacks in 2021. However, he has problems off the pitch after being arrested last August, which could remove him from the Steelers board. Other prospects include underrated safety Leon O’Neal and RB Isaiah Spiller.

Check out our full report on Leal below.

2022 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Texas A&M DL DeMarvin Leal

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