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Detroit Lions 2014 Draft Preview: Aaron Donald

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So far I have covered players from positions of great need for your Detroit Lions.  Spots where they need guys who can fill in right away and provide support to their ailing secondary and a guy who can provide a great athletic threat at outside linebacker.  Well, this time I’m going to take a little different route again and cover a guy who could fill a need that the Lions might have after this season.  As we all know, there has been an ongoing contract dispute with Ndamukong Suh, and the Lions have also opted to not take the fifth year option on Nick Fairley.  So where does this leave them if Suh walks and Fairley doesn’t perform?  Well, let’s just say it’s not a very good place to be.  I think we should look at these situations and possibly start planning ahead for next season.  That’s why in this preview I’ve decided to cover Aaron Donald, the defensive tackle out of Pitt.  Donald is a strong guy who can fill a role that we may have issues with come the end of this season.  Let’s take a look at his report:

Strengths:

  • Quick off the snap

  • Explosive in short bursts


  • Great feet, good at running stunts and working the edges

  • Has an effective swim-move

  • Great awareness

  • Tough and Competitive

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized

  • Short arms

  • Could play with more power

  • Frame is nearly maxed out

Aaron Donald has been compared favorably to Geno Atkins.  Now, I know it’s not what a lot of fans want to hear, but we might not have Suh next year.  It’s also a possibility that we might not have Fairley as well.  It is a circumstance that we need to plan for, as Suh might want greener pastures with more media attention, and Fairley just needs to step his game up.  I feel like if the Lions make this pick and stay at 10 that there is a possibility they’re planning to not have one or the other come next season.  However, with that being said, I do think that Donald can fill in for either one and perform very well.  Although he is undersized, Donald will be able to perform at the next level.  Help from his teammates, learning throughout the season and assistance from coaching will only help him improve as a player just beginning his NFL journey.

 

Here’s some highlight tape to check out:

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