March 7, 2014 Leave a comment
AARON DONALD – DT – PITTSBURGH
Rarely seen first step for a defensive tackle. Has the quickness to beat lineman right off the snap. Is a penetrating and very disruptive tackle. Has violent and quick hands and sheds blocks well. Has shown the ability to split double teams. Plays with great leverage and is naturally helped by his shorter stature. Generates good power and can be disruptive with a bull-rush. Tackles well.
Shorter and lighter than your typical defensive tackle. Will struggle with his anchor at times if he pops up too quickly. Is a very scheme specific player and is likely only a fit in the 4-3 in a one-gap system. Pursuit could be better.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Rush: 3.5
Point of Attack: 3.0
Verdict: Love him
Here’s a comparison I’ve heard that I actually agree with. Geno Atkins. Donald has a similar playing style to Atkins and both were doubted for their size. Both are also damn good football players. Atkins has since developed into the best defensive tackle in the league. Donald may or may not be on his level, but he is certainly a great player worth a 1st rounder.
Grade: 1st Round