The Texas A&M football team always seems to have some of the best defensive linemen in college football. Heck, Aggieland is usually home to some of the best defensive players of any position in the game. Players like Von Miller, Myles Garrett, and Dat Nguyen paved the way for the special program that Jimbo Fisher is building.
In 2021, the star defender was DeMarvin leal, who drew a double team from opposing offensive lines on virtually every play.
On the season, Leal put up video game numbers. Okay, it would be a pretty boring video game season, but still — Leal’s 12.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks are extremely impressive for a player who spent most of his time as an interior defensive lineman. But now that interior defensive lineman is departing for the NFL Draft. Here are three implications attached to that.
Implication No. 1: Texas A&M football DL DeMarvin Leal will be leaving for the NFL Draft
No, that implication isn’t a typo — my first implication is the simple fact that this is really happening. Players like Leal are not the type of guys who “test the waters.” At worst, Leal will be picked up somewhere in the 20s of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. At best? The Aggie defensive lineman could be a top-ten pick.
After just three (albeit really good) seasons in College Station, Leal will be taken by a lucky team in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Texas A&M football team will have to survive without a player who has made virtually every other defensive lineman’s job extremely easy.
This leads me to my next implication.