2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald

American Football - NFL

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

6ft 1in | 285lbs | Senior

Positives

+ Displays rare burst off the snap

+ Blows past blockers with elite first step

+ Shows outstanding, aggressive hand placement to disengage from blockers

+ Superb athlete which he demonstrated at the Combine

+ Uses his small frame to gain leverage

+ Consistently finished plays, ending his college career with 29.5 sacks and 66 tackles for a loss

+ Fits new defensive trend of generating interior pressure

Negatives

- Small frame leads to struggles against the run as he struggles to anchor

- Won't necessarily fit all schemes due to size

- Can get overpowered by blockers at times

Grade: Top 10 pick