Aaron Donald (DT), Pittsburgh
6'1" | 285 lbs.
59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles
1st round, 13th overall (St. Louis Rams)
What the scouts are saying:
"Short, scrappy, instinctive, highly productive defensive penetrator who does not look the part, but inspires confidence he can be an exception to the rule. Is the type you root for and has the first-step quickness, athleticism and motor to emerge as a havoc-wreaking three-technique in a fast-flowing 4-3 scheme such as the one deployed in Dallas, Chicago and Tampa Bay." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Comes off the snap like he's shot out of a cannon. His first step routinely beats opponents for immediate pressures. Has an effective arm-over swim move, though he doesn't use this often enough. His stature gives Donald the leverage advantage which he uses well to get under the pads of opponents and drive them into the backfield on bull-rushes.." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"Excellent burst off the line to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Despite size knocks, he has good length and active hands. Able to get skinny to work through gaps and trash. Closing quickness is there to make tackles for loss." (Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com)