Los Angeles Rams: 15 best first-round draft picks of all-time

Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

At the rate he’s playing, there’s a good chance that Aaron Donald could move up on a list like this. The former Pittsburgh star has quickly become the top defender in the NFL over the last few seasons, and the numbers will back it up.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Donald was already viewed as one of the best players in football. He went on to set a career high of 20.5 sacks last year, despite missing all of training camp and preseason. This shows what kind of work ethic the defensive tackle has.

One can only imagine what is running through the minds of opposing quarterbacks when they see the face of Donald on the other side of the football. The two-time reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner even makes it look easy when double-teamed.

After two years in a row being unhappy with his contract situation, the Rams finally rewarded Donald with the hefty contract extension he clearly deserved before Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. This means he’s going to continue to make a serious impact for years to come with the Rams.

Donald still has a long way to go when it comes to the rest of his playing career, but with five Pro Bowls in five seasons, would anyone be surprised if this trend continued for the rest of the defender’s career?