1/15/22: In 2021, Leal had 58 tackles with 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended. He decided to skip the Gator Bowl to prepare for the pre-draft workouts. The Aggies played him at end and tackle, but his pass-rushing talents are most dangerous on the inside. Some in the media have even projected Leal as a high first-round pick, but in speaking to multiple team sources, they have a second-round grade on Leal.
"He'll probably go in the second," said a director of player personnel. "I love his ability to rush the passer, and he's instinctive versus the run. But I have my struggles with him. I think he's going to have issues early on playing the run inside. And he has sort of a bad body. Feels like more of a package guy early on."
"I don't see a high first-rounder with Leal," said a national scout. "He's not powerful or sudden, but he's agile and fluid. He will struggle inside."
7/10/21: Leal flashed for the Aggies in 2020 and 2019, but really looked like things were clicking for him at the end of the 2020 season. As a sophomore, he had 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and three passes defended. In 2019, he recorded 38 tackles and two sacks. Leal has a good skill set with a ton of upside.