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Draft Scout Aaron Donald News
09/08/14 - DT Aaron Donald is not a starter, but the rookie had nearly as many snaps Sunday (29) as starters Kendall Langford (30) and Michael Brockers (31). Donald was credited with four tackles and two for a loss against the Vikings.
05/12/14 - Snead said the Rams were so glad to get Donald that they never considered trading down. "We're jacked with the pick," he said. "He's very productive and way ahead at this point in hand use. He's an impressive young man." Although Donald is 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, Snead said he won't be asked to get bigger. "His game isn't size," Snead said. "He's short, but that helps him get leverage. Getting bigger wouldn't help him. His game is not size. His game is to penetrate." And that he did, totaling 66 tackles for loss in four seasons at Pittsburgh, including 28.5 in 2013. For his part, Donald said he's "excited" to be with the Rams. "They have the best defensive line in the NFL and I'm pumped up to be a part of it," he said. "I can't wait to get with the coaches and get to work." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/13 - Aaron Donald, DT, 6-1, 285, Pittsburgh...Donald is a fierce penetrator and had 28.5 tackles for loss last season. He doesn't have great size, but his quickness allows him to make plays. The Rams will likely use him to start out on passing downs. Some have compared him to standout Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 10/1. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh, 6-1, 285, 4.62, 1...Short but not small at 6-foot, 3/4 inches, 285 pounds, Donald was the most dominant defensive college football player in 2013 after totaling 59 tackles, including 28.5 for a loss, 11 sacks, 16 QB hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked extra point. He received the whole list of famous name awards to commemorate his season. Despite an array of schemes designed to slow him down, Donald was an unblockable force. He followed that season with great Senior Bowl workout and then stole the show at the combine where he blasted through 40 yards in 4.68, had a 32-inch vertical and benched 225 pounds 35 times. Frankly: Donald is a can't-miss, hyperactive disrupter who dazes opponents at the snap with a dazzling John Randle-type skill set. Unlike Randle, who went undrafted then made Hall of Fame, Donald will begin his career as a first round pick, says here. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Chicago Bears...DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: He made more than 100 plays behind the line of scrimmage and is easily the best disrupter in the draft. It's not just as a pass rusher. He comes up with tackles for losses, as well. The Bears can't say with great certainty that they already have a defensive tackle that can disrupt unless they're looking at a 33-year-old rehabbed player like Jeremiah Ratliff. The chief stated goal of Emery when last season ended was to get "younger" on defense. This does it, and it's a pick worth moving up to make. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange