Mar 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers former defensive end Aaron Donald waves to the crowd during a time-out against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. The North Carolina State Wolfpack won 74-67. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams Select Aaron Donald With The No. 13 Pick


With all of the hype surrounding the No.2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams opted for taking the high-ceiling offensive tackle from Auburn, Greg Robinson. As noted by Adam Schefter, Jeff Fisher plans on shuffling Robinson to the interior of the offensive line to start the season, filling an immediate need at guard, and, hopefully, a long-term need as Jake Long ages as the Rams blindside blocker. Now, after patching up the front line for Sam Bradford, the St. Louis Rams select…

Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

Donald is the perfect complement to Michael Brockers on the interior, and will inevitably cause some sleepless nights for offensive coordinators scheming to block the Rams front-seven.

Made more than 100 plays behind the line of scrimmage and is easily the best disrupter in the draft. It’s not just as a pass rusher. He comes up with tackles for losses, as well. He is a quick, explosive player who gets to the quarterback.

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. -CBS Sports

The reality is, the St. Louis simply could not afford to pass on this blue-chip, “must-have” prospect falling to the No.13 slot. Aaron Donald will join a cast of three other former first rounders, including the reining Professional Football Writers of America’s Defensive Player of the Year. It almost makes you feel sorry for the other teams in the NFC West… almost!

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