Aaron Donald

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Aaron Donald
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Donald in 2014
No. 99 – Los Angeles Rams
Position: Defensive End
Personal information
Born: (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 27)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Penn Hills
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 205
Sacks: 39.0
Forced fumbles: 9
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Aaron Charles Donald (born May 23, 1991) is an American football defensive end[1] for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Donald attended Penn Hills High School where he played for coach Andrew Slome. He was selected first team All-State Class AAAA in each of his final two seasons, and compiled 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks as a senior. He also started at offensive guard.

Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 37th best defensive tackle in the nation.[2] He committed to hometown Pittsburgh over other scholarship offers from Toledo, Akron, and Rutgers.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman, Donald played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive tackle. He recorded 11 tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks. In 2011, as a sophomore, Donald moved into the starting lineup, and turned in a breakout campaign. He recorded 47 tackles, including 16 for loss, 11 sacks and one forced fumble, and was named a second-team All-Big East selection. As a junior, he recorded 64 tackles, including 18.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble, earning first-team All-Big East honors. In his senior season, he became one of the most productive defensive players in the entire NCAA. He posted 59 tackles, including a career best 28.5 for loss, 11 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-American.[3][4]

College statistics[edit]

Defense
Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Sacks Int FF
2010 Pittsburgh 13 11 3.0 2.0 0 0
2011 Pittsburgh 13 47 16.0 11.0 0 1
2012 Pittsburgh 13 64 18.5 5.5 0 1
2013 Pittsburgh 13 59 28.5 11.0 0 4
Total 52 181 66.0 29.5 0 6

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

At the NFL Combine, Donald set the record for fastest 40-yard dash time for a defensive tackle previously held by Tank Johnson, who ran a 4.69 in 2004. He drew comparisons to John Randle afterwards.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 34 in
(1.85 m)
285 lb
(129 kg)
32 58 in
(0.83 m)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
4.68 s 1.59 s 3.21 s 4.39 s 7.11 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
35 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

2014 season[edit]

He was drafted in the first round with the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.[8] On June 16, 2014, the St. Louis Rams signed Donald to a four-year, $10.13 million rookie contract that is fully guaranteed. The contract also includes a $5.69 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option.[9]

On September 7, 2014, he made his regular season debut against the Minnesota Vikings and finished the game with four tackles. The following week, he recorded three tackles and his first career sack during a 19–17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On October 13, 2014, he was given his first career start against the San Francisco 49ers and finished the contest with four solo tackles. After recording 47 tackles, nine sacks, and two forced fumbles, he was one of five rookies selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Donald also won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.[10]

2015 season[edit]

In 2015, Donald would begin the season as the Rams' starting defensive tackle. During their season opener against the Seahawks, he recorded a career-high nine total tackles and two sacks, helping the Rams win a 34–31 overtime victory. On December 13, 2015, Donald made five tackles and a career-high three sacks against the Detroit Lions.[11]

Donald started all 16 games and ended the season with 69 tackles, 11 sacks, a pass defended, and a fumble recovery. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the second consecutive season. He was ranked 14th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[12]

2016 season[edit]

On September 12, 2016, Donald was ejected for the first time in his NFL career for making illegal contact with a referee.[13][14] On September 16, 2016, he was fined $21,269 for unnecessary roughness ($9,115) and unsportsmanlike conduct ($12,154).[15] On October 21, 2016, he was fined $18,231 for an unsportsmanlike conduct after committing the penalty during a game against the Detroit Lions.[9] Donald was named to his third straight Pro Bowl and his second First-team All-Pro.[16] He was also ranked 15th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[17]

2017 season[edit]

On April 12, 2017, the Rams exercised the fifth-year option on Donald's contract.[18] He did not report to the Rams' 2017 training camp and preseason due to a contract extension dispute. He accumulated about $1.4 million in fines due to his non-participation, and each game that he missed cost him one game check from his base salary of $1.8 million.[19] On September 9, 2017, Donald reported to the Rams and passed his physical, however he did not play in the team's Week 1 game the next day.[20] On December 19, 2017, Donald was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl.[21] He was also later named a first-team All-Pro for the third time. He finished the 2017 season with 41 tackles, 11 sacks, and five forced fumbles. After a stellar 2017 season, Donald was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.[22]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck FF FR Yds TD PD INT Yds Avg Lng TD
2014 STL 16 12 48 38 10 9.0 2 -- -- -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- --
2015 STL 16 16 69 43 26 11.0 -- 1 40 0 1 -- -- 0.0 -- --
2016 LA 16 16 47 35 12 8.0 2 -- -- -- 5 -- -- 0.0 -- --
2017 LA 14 14 41 32 9 11.0 5 1 0 0 1 -- -- 0.0 -- --
Career 62 58 205 148 57 39.0 9 2 40 0 8 0 0 -- 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aaron Donald Player Profile". 
  2. ^ "Rivals.com". rivals.yahoo.com. 
  3. ^ "The Official Athletic Site of the University of Pittsburgh". www.pittsburghpanthers.com. 
  4. ^ "The Official Athletic Site of the University of Pittsburgh". www.pittsburghpanthers.com. 
  5. ^ "Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald's dominance noted at awards show". post-gazette.com. 
  6. ^ "2014 NFL combine: 10 takeaways from Indianapolis". CBS Sports. 
  7. ^ "Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh, DT : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". www.nfldraftscout.com. 
  8. ^ "Rams add Aaron Donald to their first-round haul". ProFootballTalk. 9 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Sportrac.com:Aaron Donald contract". Sportrac.com. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Aaron Donald nets Defensive Rookie of the Year honors". NFL.com. 
  11. ^ "NFL Player Profile:Aaron Donald". NFL.com. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 14 Aaron Donald". NFL.com. 
  13. ^ Meyer, Max. "Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ejected in loss". NFL.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ Meyer, Max. "Aaron Donald not expected to be suspended". NFL.com. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ Shook, Nick. "Fines: Aaron Donald docked $21K for two infractions". NFL.com. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 15 Aaron Donald
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 12, 2017). "Rams exercise fifth-year option on Aaron Donald". NFL.com. 
  19. ^ "Holdout Donald expected to miss Rams opener". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  20. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (September 9, 2017). "Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams facility". NFL.com. 
  21. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  22. ^ Shook, Nick (February 3, 2018). "Aaron Donald named NFL Defensive Player of the Year". NFL.com. 

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