LA Rams Aaron Donald on hunt to become franchise best sacker

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The 2021 NFL season will be a big year for LA Rams All-Pro defensive lineman. That’s a statement that requires practically no research because each and every year is a big year for the player that some believe to be the best NFL player of the modern era. Donald is an enigma to NFL Analysts and draft specialists. He is shorter than a prototypical 3-4 defensive lineman but uses that stature to leverage his tremendous power moves to get to the quarterback.

Speaking about his ability to close on the quarterback for the sack, Donald is a defensive lineman in a 3-4 defense. His production rivals, or even exceeds, that of a 4-3 defensive end, or a pass rush specialist in a 3-4 defense. That is so because the other positions often have just one blocker to overcome on their way to the passer. Donald faces two, three, and even four blockers on each play. And yet, he still manages to exert his will. Sacking the opposing quarterback is one of his superpowers.

The LA Rams have tried for years to complement Aaron Donald’s talents with other players who could help shoulder part of the burden. But whether it’s about stopping the run, piling up their own dozen or so quarterback sacks, few players have the range and talent to be a viable counterpart to Donald’s defensive dominance.

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This year, the team appears to be attempting a new strategy. Rather than surround Donald with other NFL veterans who springboard off a season playing next to Donald to land top-dollar contracts to play elsewhere, the Rams are infusing a number of hungry and talented young players into the defensive front seven. A risk? Perhaps, but a calculated risk. Players like Michael Hoecht, Bobby Brown III, Jonah Williams, or even Chris Garrett