Donald in 2014
|No. 99 Los Angeles Rams|
|Date of birth:||May 23, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Penn Hills (PA)|
|NFL draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015|
Aaron Charles Donald (born May 23, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
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. He committed to hometown Pittsburgh over other scholarship offers from Toledo, Akron and Rutgers.
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 a 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. In his senior season, he became one of the most 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.
- Career statistics
|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|
2014 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 3⁄4 in||285 lb||32 5⁄8 in||9 7⁄8 in||4.68 s||1.59 s||3.21 s||4.39 s||7.11 s||32 in||9 ft 8 in||35 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
At the NFL Combine he set 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. He was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 13th pick overall.
St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams
After recording 47 tackles, nine sacks and two forced fumbles, he was one of five rookies selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl. On January 31, 2015, it was announced that Donald had won the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
In the 2015 year, Donald started all 16 games with 69 tackles, 11 sacks, a pass defended, and a fumble recovery. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the second season in a row.
- Aaron Donald - Yahoo Sports
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