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Aaron Donald | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 285
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / LAR
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Rams DT Aaron Donald is skipping OTAs due to a contract dispute.
Keep in mind this round of OTAs is voluntary. "It has something to do with the contract," GM Les Snead acknowledged Monday. "We're at the serious part of (negotiations)." Donald is owed just $1.8 million in 2017, and in 2018 the Rams have him under control with a fifth-year team option. Donald wants his extension now, however, and the team is amenable. The best three-technique tackle in football, Donald is likely to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player whenever he puts pen to paper. May 22 - 5:40 PM

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ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez reports the Rams are "very interested" in signing DT Aaron Donald to a long-term extension this summer.

According to Gonzalez, it will probably require the Rams making Donald the league's highest-paid defensive player. We would agree with that take. The Rams exercised Donald's fifth-year team option for 2018, putting him under contract for roughly $8.5 million total the next two years, but GM Les Snead admitted at the Combine "there's no doubt" that Donald "deserves a raise." He'll be getting a hefty one. Von Miller is currently the league's richest defensive player after landing a six-year, $114.5 million deal that included $70 million guaranteed.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 12:33 PM

Rams exercised DT Aaron Donald's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Arguably the only true building block on Los Angeles' roster, Donald is now due $6.892 million in 2018. He'll make far more when the two sides hammer out what could be the biggest-money deal ever for a defensive player, this offseason or next. The No. 13 overall pick in 2014, Donald has 28 sacks through three years and has never missed a game. He's been Pro Football Focus' No. 1 interior defensive lineman each of his three seasons, and it hasn't been particularly close. It'll be interesting to see how he fits in new DC Wade Phillips' 3-4.
Apr 12 - 8:34 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.

Donald has been on a tear to open the season. He notched his first 1.5 sacks of the year this past Sunday against the Cardinals, but has a combined 24 QB hits and hurries. Donald also has 12 "stops," according to Pro Football Focus, which constitutes a solo tackle for an offensive failure. After being PFF's best overall player in 2015, Donald again holds that title after four weeks.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 10:35:00 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald isn't expected to be suspended for making contact with an official in Monday's loss.

Donald exploded near the end of Monday's humiliating defeat in San Francisco, but his contact with the official was rather mild. It did get him ejected, of course. Donald has already apologized.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Donald thoroughly dominated the interior of the Lions' offensive line this past Sunday, tossing C Travis Swanson around like a rag doll on his way to three sacks, six quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss. Donald is Pro Football Focus' No. 1 overall defensive player after 14 weeks by a healthy margin. Donald may be the biggest bargain in football at $880,750.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Aaron Donald recorded three sacks, three tackles for loss and six quarterback hits Week 14 against the Lions.

Donald almost single-handedly destroyed the Lions' game plan, forcing Matthew Stafford to rely on quick passes and screens to attempt to move the ball. Donald now has 20 sacks in just 29 career games and is deservedly getting defensive player of the year buzz. With Jadeveon Clowney coming on, Khalil Mack dominating, Anthony Barr still playing lights out and too many other good young players to mention, the 2014 draft might go down as one of the best defensive classes we have seen.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Rams DT Aaron Donald was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

He beat out Ravens ILB C.J. Mosely, who finished with 18 votes. Donald was PFF's No. 1 rated defensive tackle as a rookie, grading out top five in both pass rushing and against the run. He appeared in all 16 games (12 starts) as a three-technique in DC Gregg Williams' scheme, recording nine sacks and two forced fumbles. Raiders OLB Khalil Mack (6) and 49ers ILB Chris Borland (1) also received votes.
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 09:04:00 PM

Rams signed No. 13 overall pick DT Aaron Donald to a four-year contract.

Donald's deal, of course, includes a fifth-year team option for 2018. Donald (6-foot-1, 288 pounds) was a dominant interior penetrator at Pitt. He is smallish in stature, but shoots gaps with quick-twitch explosion, clocking a 4.68 forty and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Combine before pumping 35 reps on the bench. Donald is a three-technique tackle who should cause interior disruption from Day 1.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Rams selected Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Donald (6-foot 7/8, 288) was a dominant interior penetrator at Pitt, earning the Outland, Nagurski, Bednarik, and Rotary Lombardi awards in addition to ACC Defensive POY as a senior. He registered 28.5 TFLs, 11 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2013. Donald is smallish in stature, but shoots gaps with quick-twitch explosion, clocking a 4.68 forty and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Combine before pumping 35 reps on the bench. He is a three-technique tackle and should begin causing interior disruption as soon as he steps on an NFL field. St. Louis' defensive line is insanely loaded with Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the ends, and Donald now playing next to NT Michael Brockers.
Thu, May 8, 2014 09:33:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports coach Lovie Smith's "wish" is for the Bucs to draft Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald at No. 7 overall.

Pauline reports the Bucs ownership is "pushing for" Johnny Manziel instead. In Tampa, Donald could play the three-technique spot and push Gerald McCoy to nose tackle, giving the Bucs four players capable of getting to the quarterback on the defensive line. No. 5 to Oakland is about as high we could see Donald going with his floor being No. 8 to the Vikings or No. 13 to the Rams.
Wed, May 7, 2014 03:26:00 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah is "hearing" the Vikings are eyeing Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald at No. 8.

SI's Peter King passed along similar sentiments Monday morning. Per King, the Vikings are in search of a "front-seven disruptor." Donald certainly fits the bill, but may not fall to No. 8.
Mon, May 5, 2014 05:26:00 PM

SI's Peter King says the Vikings want a front-seven disruptor at No. 8 overall.

King says the Vikes "are more inclined than ever" to get a quarterback in the second round, not with their top pick. He suggests Aaron Donald as a target at No. 8 and in terms of disruption from the interior, they couldn't do better. Donald, who has drawn some Geno Atkins comparisons, had 11 sacks, 28.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and three batted passes as a senior at Pitt.
Source: SI.com
Mon, May 5, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Speaking to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, an AFC executive called Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald the "best defensive lineman coming out in the last 10 years."

The executive apparently never saw Ndamukong Suh play in college, among others. Donald appears to have a real chance to come off the board within the first 10 picks, but to call him the best D-line prospect of the past 10 years is monumentally absurd even by silly-season standards.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Citing "word at the Combine," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline floats Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald as a "possibility" for the Cowboys' first-round pick.

Dallas picks at No. 16. We've seen Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman sent to there in mock drafts, but he profiles poorly to Rod Marinelli's scheme. Donald would be a far better fit at "three technique" under tackle, a major need position with Jason Hatcher entering free agency. Hageman belongs on a 3-4 team.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 01:43:00 PM

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