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  • Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt -- is he a fit for the Broncos?

    Am curious for input from any of the more X's and O's fluent members of the Orange Mane as to whether Aaron Donald would be a fit in Denver's defense as it is currently constructed.... His career stats are mind-bending, but he'll be available with our 1st round pick and even possibly our second-round pick due to his height and weight.

    He's obviously able to put pressure on from the middle, but can a 6' 0", 285-lb. DT play for us? Would he be successful in our system?

    Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 285

    2010: 11 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 5 QBH
    2011: 47 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 11.0 sacks, 11 QBH
    2012: 64 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 11 QBH
    2013: 59 tackles, 28.5 TFL, 11.0 sacks, 16 QBH

    Career Stats: 181 tackles, 66.0 TFL, 29.5 sacks, 43 QBH


  • #2
    He's a good fit in the current role held by Wolfe in this scheme. He's a JDR type of DE that can move inside on passing downs. We have no idea what is going on with Wolfe's health right now. If he can't play again for some reason, Donald would be a nice replacement in the 2nd.

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    • #3
      He could have a role similar to what Charles Johnson did for the Panthers. Fox drafted him. I think he would be a great addition to our squad.

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      • #4
        I like what I've seen from him. Not sure about drafting DL with the first pick for the third year in a row when I think there are more pressing needs at MLB and DB

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sly_Eli View Post
          I like what I've seen from him. Not sure about drafting DL with the first pick for the third year in a row when I think there are more pressing needs at MLB and DB
          Unfortunately, one of those D-linemen (Wolfe) may have career-threatening medical problems. Plus, when you're picking at #32, you usually pick the BPA.

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          • #6
            I'd play him at 34 End in a one gap system kind of like Justin Smith. We use our 5 tech as a two gap, so I don't believe he fits with what we want to do. And you can't take a reserve/specialist type in the late 1st or even late 2nd IMO.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mat'hir Uth Gan View Post
              I'd play him at 34 End in a one gap system kind of like Justin Smith. We use our 5 tech as a two gap, so I don't believe he fits with what we want to do. And you can't take a reserve/specialist type in the late 1st or even late 2nd IMO.
              I don't think you are looking at him being drafted until the 4th or 5th round. He is on short side.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by elsid13 View Post
                I don't think you are looking at him being drafted until the 4th or 5th round. He is on short side.
                I think he will be drafted quite highly by a team with an aggressive 1 gapping 34 or as a pass rushing UT for a 1 gapping 43. I doubt he lasts beyond the top 50.

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                • #9
                  So this guy absolutely beasted in the Senior Bowl practice and game. Could he play RDE on running downs and moved to DC on passing down, which I believe is what malik Jackson is doing?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HILife View Post
                    So this guy absolutely beasted in the Senior Bowl practice and game. Could he play RDE on running downs and moved to DC on passing down, which I believe is what malik Jackson is doing?
                    Jackson was always a tweener in college though. They kept moving him around and he played both DT and DE at points for a season or more during his career.
                    Which was part of the reason I loved that pick.
                    Never geeked out so hard for a 5th round pick.

                    Donald looks like more of a lighter DT who can reek havoc on the interior and be a disruptive force.

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                    • #11
                      I'm still not sold on him. He did a GREAT job all week at the Senior Bowl, and he was great at Pitt, but he still hasn't gone against elite NFL interior blockers. The Senior Bowl was notoriously weak this year, and he had some of his least productive games against the ranked teams Pitt played this year (FSU, Duke, and Notre Dame).

                      He's getting comps to Geno Atkins, but Geno is insanely strong. I'll have to see how powerful Donald is, right now, he just looks to have good technique and nice quickness.

                      I still see him as a specialist in a one gap scheme. Either 3 tech or 5 tech. I think he'll probably get drafted in Round 2 after this strong week, but I wouldn't draft him there.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mat'hir Uth Gan View Post
                        I'm still not sold on him. He did a GREAT job all week at the Senior Bowl, and he was great at Pitt, but he still hasn't gone against elite NFL interior blockers. The Senior Bowl was notoriously weak this year, and he had some of his least productive games against the ranked teams Pitt played this year (FSU, Duke, and Notre Dame).

                        He's getting comps to Geno Atkins, but Geno is insanely strong. I'll have to see how powerful Donald is, right now, he just looks to have good technique and nice quickness.

                        I still see him as a specialist in a one gap scheme. Either 3 tech or 5 tech. I think he'll probably get drafted in Round 2 after this strong week, but I wouldn't draft him there.
                        He could be the second coming of John Randle.

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                        • #13
                          I like this guy at pick 32.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Requiem View Post
                            He could be the second coming of John Randle.
                            Good call -- he reminds me of Randle a lot!

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                            • #15
                              We did a great job neutralizing him this year but he beasted in most games I saw him play.

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