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DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburg

  • Jd925
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He dominated in Senior Bowl practices. Amazing production. I think he'll be a star. People might think he's too short and not a good fit for a 3-4 so he'll probably drop somewhat, but I think he'll be a star in any scheme.
  • xcfan
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he'll only make plays as a quick penetrater in the right defense. he'll be a liability stopping the run, because his leverage won't be great.
Originally posted by Jd925:
He dominated in Senior Bowl practices. Amazing production. I think he'll be a star. People might think he's too short and not a good fit for a 3-4 so he'll probably drop somewhat, but I think he'll be a star in any scheme.

where do you seeing him fit in a 3-4...nose tackle, end, linebacker?
  • GORO
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If he has long arms then I would not mind the pick!
[ Edited by GORO on Jan 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM ]
  • Jd925
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Originally posted by hofer36:
Originally posted by Jd925:
He dominated in Senior Bowl practices. Amazing production. I think he'll be a star. People might think he's too short and not a good fit for a 3-4 so he'll probably drop somewhat, but I think he'll be a star in any scheme.

where do you seeing him fit in a 3-4...nose tackle, end, linebacker?

He can play a 3-4DE like Justin Smith. From what I understand the niners play a hybrid style 3-4 that uses Aldon more like a 4-3 end . Justin Smith plays one-gap. He can also backup as nose tackle in 4-3 alignments if they want to switch back and forth.
This guy can play. He's a good penetrater so he'd be a decent inside pass rusher on passing downs. He can also be coached to get better vs the run. I like him.
I see Aaron Donald pushing his stock into the first round tomorrow. He's already off to a crazy-good start with 35 reps on the bench.
[ Edited by VPofCarnage on Feb 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM ]
All this kid has done this season is dominate. He was a unanimous first-team All-American recognized with the Outland Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Award and CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year with 59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 games. The "experts" say he is limited to a 4-3 because of his size, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Niners picked him up if he fell to the #30 pick (......fat chance of that with the Bears and Cowboys hurting on the d-line).
Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
I wouldn't be surprised if the Niners picked him up if he fell to the #30 pick (......fat chance of that with the Bears and Cowboys hurting on the d-line).

I think the chances of him sliding to 30 are slim to none. We'll see.
His best fit is as a pass-rushing specialist on the inside in a 4-3 defense. I don't see him as someone you can count on to hold the edge as a DE in a 3-4, his best fit in a 3-4 would be as a pass rushing NT.


His honest best fit would be in Seattle. He could be frightening play for them, or for the Rams as well. I think that the Cowboys would be a very good fit considering their need for DT's and would be stupid to pass up on him.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM ]