2014 NFL Draft: Rams Select Aaron Donald with Thirteenth Pick


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The St. Louis Rams have made their second pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, taking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the thirteenth overall pick. The Rams found the most desirable player left on the board after other potential fits such as Odell Beckham Jr. had already been selected.

Donald goes against Jeff Fisher and defensive line coach Mike Waufle’s traditional defensive tackle mold—he’s the first one they have ever brought in that is under 6-foot-5, but he’s a fantastic pass rusher and will provide the athletic complement to Michael Brockers that Kendall Langford has never been able to fully deliver. He’ll likely combine with Langford immediately to form a formidable tandem at the three-technique position. It should be interesting to see how the significantly undersized Donald deals with massive NFL guards, particularly NFC West foes Alex Boone (6-foot-8) and Mike Iupati (6-foot-5). With Donald on the squad, the Rams certainly should have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.