A deeper look at 4 of the Cowboys’ pre-draft prospect invites
1. DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M, DT
It’s easy to argue that several defensive positions could use boosts. Dallas could use a linebacker to help Micah Parsons have the ability to move around the field more. They could benefit from an edge rusher to help replace the loss of Randy Gregory. The safety corps could use more depth. However, one of the biggest issues for the Cowboys last season (especially later in the year) was stopping the run.
Because of this, we wanted to highlight a defender Dallas is bringing in who is a defensive tackle. We have discussed several defensive ends in our past posts, but DeMarvin Leal can help the defensive line a ton. Trysten Hill is a great player but is constantly off the field with injuries. Neville Gallimore was also out for a number of games last season. This defensive front could use a young, strong body that could come in and start day one.
Leal is predicted to go in the second round. Last season with the Aggies, he was named a first-team All-American and first-team all-conference for the SEC. Another benefit to Leal is that he has played both defensive tackle and defensive end which could allow Dan Quinn to switch up his snaps like Parsons. In 2021, he had 58 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and 8.5 sacks.
Despite his 6-3, 283-pound frame, Leal is explosive and agile off the snap. With some time under Quinn, he could truly emerge as a solid NFL defender.
Of course, there are many other names on the list. But each of these four would fill a different role and could come in different rounds. The draft is almost here, but with such a late pick in the first round, it’s still hard to tell who the Cowboys will end up with.