catfish5 saidCut out deadlifts and do squats instead. Deadlifts are a serious back injury just waiting to happen.
That's why I prefer full squat, even if it take a lof of work to get the form right (not trivial at all).
Half squat (femur parallel to the ground)
Full squat (ass touching heels)
Full squat holding in front of you, on shoulders and throat
To get the same intensity, it's take a lot more weight from dead lift to full squat.
For anything related to lower back vertebral disk pinch, the pressure on them is proportional to the weight on your shoulder, so dead lift dangerous just out of the weight.
But it's very challenging to keep a perfect vertebra alignment in full squats, so full squat are dangerous out of quality of execution.
Half squat is a compromise, significantly heavier weight than full squat, but less complicated to get the right form.
Choose you own evil ;-)
PS : Leg press is not in the league, it's not a compound exercise.