A truly explosive powerhouse in the middle of the D-line. Excels at slipping the grips of blockers and accelerating into the backfield. A rare athlete for a D-tackle, and incredibly strong for his size. Manhandles most opponents off the snap. Has the speed to play the end spot as a pro.
Lacks ideal size for an interior defensive lineman; likely needs to be in the right alignment to get the most out of his fantastic pocket-collapsing ability. While good at getting his hands up he isn't a towering pass-blocker at the line. Will need to learn how to avoid getting engulfed by massive pro blockers.
Explosive pass-rushing defensive lineman with good upside.
Career Honors & Awards
Bronko Nagurski Award
Chuck Bednarik Award
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the St. Louis Rams to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 1st round (13th Overall) in 2014.
Rams get No. 13 pick Aaron Donald signed | 06/12/2014 5:48 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.
Rams steal 'sliding' Aaron Donald at No. 13 | 05/08/2014 9:33 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.