Aaron Donald will most likely fall short of top spot on NFL Top 100 list for 2019

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With the final 10 spots on the NFL Top 100 being revealed Wednesday night, chances are the Los Angeles Rams will see Aaron Donald come up short of the top spot.

Thanks to a 2018 campaign that consisted of a career high 20.5 sacks along with earning Defensive Player of the Year honors for a second year in a row, the Los Angeles Rams expect big things from Aaron Donald once again in 2019.

What made these accomplishments even more impressive for Donald is how the Rams star defender missed all of training camp and preseason while holding out for a new contract, which he rightfully earned before the start of Week 1.

Now that Donald is currently participating in training camp with zero distractions related to his contract, one can only imagine what 2019 is going to have in store from an encore perspective.

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Clearly, Donald has earned the right to arguably be viewed as the top defensive player in the NFL, and the best part for Los Angeles is he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

At the moment, the NFL Network has been revealing their list voted by the players of the Top 100 Players of 2019, and with the top 10 being revealed Wednesday night, all eyes will be on where Donald ends up.

After coming in at No. 7 a year ago, although he was the highest-ranked defensive player, chances are that Donald will at least move up a few spots since it only seems right after a career season in 2018.

But whether Donald has what it takes to be No. 1 on the list, well unfortunately that’s where the Rams star may come up short when looking at some of the tough competition he’s going to face.

Right away, two players that immediately come to mind who could very well finish ahead of Donald are Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, especially since the top six players from last year’s list were all offensive players.

Since Mahomes is coming off a MVP season during his first full year as a starter, and Brady just led the New England Patriots to a sixth Super Bowl title, no one would be surprised one bit if these two studs happened to be in the top two spots.

If this does turn out to be the case, at least Donald will most likely take home the honors of finishing as the highest defensive player once again, which is better than nothing.

Then again, sine this list is conducted by the players themselves, maybe Donald will pull off the surprise finish at No. 1 to add to what was already an impressive list of accomplishments from over the years as a member of the Rams.