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Texas A&M defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal to enter 2022 NFL draft
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Texas A&M defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal to enter 2022 NFL draft

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Texas A&M defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal, right, pressures Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral during the first half of their SEC game on Nov. 13 in Oxford, Miss.

Texas A&M junior defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal will declare for the 2022 NFL draft and forego his final season in Aggieland, he announced on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon.

“It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I’m humbled to officially announce that I am declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft,” Leal said. “My time in Aggieland was cut short, but I will always cherish my time at Texas A&M and look forward to moving into the next phase of my life a better man.”

Leal led the Aggies in tackles for loss this season with 12.5, including 8.5 sacks to tie for the team lead with senior end Tyree Johnson. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Leal had two sacks against Mississippi State and two or more tackles for loss against the Bulldogs, Missouri and Ole Miss.

Leal did not say if he would play in A&M’s bowl game.

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In his three-year career, the versatile lineman had 133 tackles, 25 for loss, and 13 sacks.

Leal thanked fans, teammates and the A&M coaching and training staffs in his post for helping build his talent to a professional level.

“Thank you Coach [Jimbo] Fisher for always being straightforward and committed to bringing the best out of me on and off the field,” Leal said. “Thank you [defensive line coach Terry Price], for demanding my very best in all aspects of my life as a young man. You are a one-of-a-kind coach... Thank you [defensive coordinator Mike Elko], you helped put the best defense together and held me accountable for my contribution to the team.”

Both CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus’ 2022 mock drafts have Leal going late in the first round.

“The former five-star broke out as a sophomore in 2020 with an 88.3 PFF grade while playing predominantly on the edge,” Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash said of Leal. “The 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman has split time between the interior defensive line and edge in 2019 and his production diminished as a result. Leal has earned a 55.5 run-defense grade and a 63.3 pass-rush grade when inside the tackles, while posting a grade above 75.0 in both of those facets on the edge.”

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