Great feedback here. Really appreciate all the comments.
I'll definitely try to start deadlifting off a box and work my way down, as well as pointing my toes out a bit.
For the most part, i'm activating the right muscle groups. I'm just trying to refine my position to create more leverage and to have my shins be more straight. Mobility is something I really need to focus on and work harder at.
Someone did mention to start with my hips slightly higher, and then I see Eddie Hall deadlift and he starts off with a very low hip position. I'm a little torn on the aspect.