NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald

NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald
May 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Aaron Donald (DT), Pittsburgh 

6'1" | 285 lbs.

2013 stats:

59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles

Projection:

1st Round

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)

Fit for the Bears:

Donald may be the final key ingredient for the defensive front to make a complete turnaround from 2013. The offseason additions of veterans Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young, combined with a healthy Jeremiah Ratliff would help make Donald's transition to the NFL a smooth one. The Bears need a young, explosive player that can take the pressure off of the secondary, and Donald fits the bill. If the 2013 Outland Trophy winner is still on the board at No. 14 look for the Bears to take him.

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