Aaron Donald

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Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald 2014 combine.jpg
Donald in 2014
No. 99     St. Louis Rams
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Penn Hills (PA)
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Aaron Charles Donald (born May 23, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American.

High school[edit]

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Donald attended Penn Hills High School. He was selected first team All-State Class AAAA in each of his final two seasons, and compiled 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior. He also started at offensive guard.

Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 37th best defensive tackle in the nation.[1] He committed to hometown Pittsburgh over other scholarship offers from Toledo, Akron and Rutgers.

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Donald played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive tackle. He recorded 11 tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks. In 2011, as a sophomore, Donald moved into the starting lineup, and turned in a breakout campaign. He recorded 47 tackles, including 16 for loss, 11 sacks and one forced fumble, and was named an second-team All-BIG EAST selection. As a junior, he recorded 64 tackles, including 18.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble, earning first-team All-BIG EAST honors. His senior season, he became one of the productive defensive players in the entire NCAA. He posted 59 tackles, including a career best 28.5 for loss, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-American.[2][3]

He also won the Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy.[4]

Career statistics
Year Team Games Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
Solo Ast Total TFL – Yds No – Yds Int – Yds BU PD Qbh Rcv – Yds FF Kick Saf
2010 Pittsburgh 13 8 3 11 3.0 – 18 2.0 – 17 0 – 0 0 2 5 0 – 0 0 0 0
2011 Pittsburgh 13 22 25 47 16.0 – 77 11.0 – 63 0 – 0 0 4 11 0 – 0 1 0 0
2012 Pittsburgh 12 42 22 64 18.5 – 78 5.5 – 36 0 – 0 0 2 11 0 – 0 1 0 0
2013 Pittsburgh 13 43 16 59 28.5 – 142 11.0 – 84 0 – 0 1 2 16 0 – 0 4 1 0
Career 51 112 66 181 66.0 – 315 29.5 – 160 0 – 0 1 10 43 0 – 0 6 1 0

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0¾ in 285 lb 32⅝ in 9⅞ in 4.63 s 1.59 s 2.69 s 4.39 s 7.11 s 32 in 9 ft 8 in 35 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

At the NFL Combine, Donald ran the forty yard dash with an official time of 4.68 seconds, setting the record for fastest time for a defensive tackle previously held by Tank Johnson, who ran a 4.69 in 2004. Donald drew comparisons to John Randle afterwards.[6] He was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.13th pick overall, he is considered to be a solid contributor for the future. [7]

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