6 sleepers you should be closely watching at Steelers OTAs

Pittsburgh Steelers center Kendrick Green (53)
Pittsburgh Steelers center Kendrick Green (53) / Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports
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How will the Steelers use DeMarvin Leal?

A faller in the draft last year, DeMarvin Leal was scooped up by the Steelers in the third round. He was a disruptive pass rusher at Texas A&M, but had some questions about his size and fit in a NFL defense. Pittsburgh has only added to the puzzle, as Leal proved to be a chess piece for the defense, lining up all over the defensive line and even as an edge rusher.

While versatility is a good trait to have, Leal would also benefit from finding one position to focus on as opposed to a multitude that he needs to be proficient in. Personally, I want to see him bulk up a little and become more of an interior pass rusher. Given the lack of edge depth though, I’m not sure that is the plan.

While Leal has been a hot name to mention, as some expect him to break out, I want to see him settle more into one position as opposed to playing everywhere. Even if that is as an edge rusher, Leal needs to learn the ropes of whatever position this team wants him to play so he can properly learn the role.

With OTAs here, Leal will hopefully see some more defined work and become more accomplished in one position. At the bare minimum, it would be nice to hear about him having a nice camp and showing some growth from his rookie season, as he figures to be a contributor this season.