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Aaron Donald | Defensive Lineman

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 285
College: Pittsburgh
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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. Jun 12 - 5:48 PM

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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.
May 8 - 9:33 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.
May 7 - 3:26 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.
May 5 - 5:26 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
May 5 - 8:37 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.
Apr 24 - 8:17 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.
Feb 24 - 1:43 PM

Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald clocked forty times of 4.65 and 4.66 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His "official" forty time was announced at 4.68. Donald is 6-foot-1, 285, so he was carrying some serious weight en route to faster forty times than much of this year's underwhelming running back field. Donald is a high-motor prospect with a skill set not too dissimilar from Bengals DT Geno Atkins'. He projects as a fringe first-round pick in May's draft.
Feb 24 - 9:42 AM

Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald received the 2014 Senior Bowl's most dominant practice player award.

Incredibly disruptive from the interior despite a 6-foot-1, 288-pound frame and 31 3/4-inch arms, Donald earned the 2013 Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, and Outland Trophies in addition to ACC Defensive POY. "He's short in stature by NFL standards and doesn't maybe have all the measurables," said Senior Bowl North Squad coach Mike Smith, "but he's one of the more explosive guys we have." It's worth noting Bengals All-Pro DT Geno Atkins measured 6-foot-1, 293 coming out of Georgia. That precedent can't hurt Donald's chances of warranting a top-15 selection in May's draft.
Jan 24 - 3:36 PM

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