Ever since the Senior Bowl, Aaron Donald has become a hot topic in the pre-draft process. The Cowboys addressed the defensive tackle position in free agency by signing Henry Melton, but Donald would have an instant impact on this defensive line. Donald has become a favorite from Cowboy fans, and he could very well be Dallas’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Besides Jadeveon Clowney, there wasn’t a more disruptive player in college football in the last two years than Donald. In 2013, Donald won the Nagurski Award and the Outland Award. Donald also led the nation this past season in tackles for loss per game with 2.4 per game. With an elite first step, Donald is extremely disruptive in the middle of the field.
Although he is short in stature, Donald has the combination of explosiveness and athleticism to be a long-term contributor in Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 defense. His arm length is alarming, but Donald is quick enough to make up for that. He has a high football IQ and there are plenty of reasons to believe that he will be a great player in the NFL for years to come.
Right now, Dallas’ starting defensive line will be Jeremy Mincey, Melton, Terrell McClain, and George Selvie. Despite what many people will say about Selvie, he is unproven and his 2013 season could have been a fluke. Mincey and McClain were brought in here to be depth players, so it is clear that the Cowboys will look towards the draft to find their starters. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Cowboys have two rookies starting on their defensive line in 2014. Some other first-round options are Kony Ealy and Calvin Pryor.
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