Aaron Donald NFL Draft 2014: Grading Rams' 1st-Round Pick

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Aaron Donald was drafted 13th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL draft. The former Pitt defensive tackle established himself as a potential first-round pick, and his potential was too much for St. Louis to pass up. 

Donald was a dominant force on the interior of the defensive line, the type of player capable of disrupting both the run and pass games with his explosive athleticism. He had 11 sacks during his last year at Pitt. 

The former Panther isn't the biggest prospect in the draft, but he uses that lack of size to his advantage, exploding past bigger, slower offensive linemen to wreak havoc in the backfield. He's surprisingly quick and strong, using his height to get leverage and shove past the bigger interior linemen. He has a nose for the football and can be an absolute force on the line. 

However, Donald isn't without risk. His size means he can be bullied around by bigger linemen, and if he gets jammed up, his arms aren't long enough to work his way out of trouble. 

Will Donald's explosiveness and athleticism lead to NFL success? Or will his size ultimately keep him from living up to his potential in the pros? Watch as our draft experts discuss the defensive tackle's ceiling and what he brings to the league. 

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