Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald
27-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Los Angeles Rams
2018 Fantasy Outlook
If IDP utility perfectly correlated to real-life value, Donald might have been top-ranked among defenders generally, let alone linemen. Donald is a cannonball on the interior, blasting out of his stance at a velocity blockers can't prepare for and at a center of gravity they can't reach. With Ndamukong Suh around, offenses are left with a cruel lose-lose situation – offensive game plans would mean to double-team players like Donald and Suh on nearly every play, but there just isn't a reliable way to do that now. With 11 sacks on just 790 snaps last year, Donald could go wild in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $135 million contract with the Rams in August of 2018.
Breaking records
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December 24, 2018
Donald recorded seven tackles and three sacks during Sunday's victory over Arizona.
It was a historic night on multiple fronts for the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who is now up to 19.5 sacks on the season. Not only did Donald's second sack of the night vault him past former Vikings defensive tackle Keith Millard (18 sacks) for the all-time record at the position, but his third sack pushed him past Robert Quinn for the Rams' single-season sack record of 19 that Quinn set in 2013. All in all, this was nothing short of a vintage performance from one of the league's very best players that effectively showcased his single-game upside in all IDP formats.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Aaron Donald's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
280 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Shuttle Time
4.39 sec
Cone Drill
7.11 sec
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Bench Press
35 reps
Hand Length
9.88 in
Arm Length
32.63 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Donald is expected to play nose tackle in Wade Phillips' new 3-4 defense this year, but that's not a concern, as Donald is a unique talent whose skill set should translate to standout production almost anywhere in the front seven. Moreover, Phillips coaches a one-gap scheme that will give Donald the green light for shooting gaps like he always has. If anything, Phillips should be expected to bring out the most in Donald, who's averaged 55 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his already remarkable three-year career. It helps that all of his NFC West opponents ranked top eight for sacks allowed last year.
For Donald to affect games the way he does as an undersized defensive tackle is remarkable, and he's definitely one of this generation's most uniquely great players. Listed at just 6-foot-1, 285 pounds but with sub-4.7 speed, Donald already has 19 sacks and 38 tackles for loss to his credit in 32 career games, so it's clear that double-teams just don't matter much to him. Not much should change in 2016, but things could actually get a bit better if Robert Quinn returns to full form. Running away from Quinn and running into Donald may be loosely synonymous.
Donald became an instant star after entering the starting lineup Week 6, earning Defensive Rookie of the Years honors as one of the league's most explosive linemen. A consistent tackler, Donald's pass rush improved late in the year with six sacks in the last seven games. His nine sacks were the most by a rookie in three years and second among defensive tackles last season. He also had 18 tackles for loss (2nd among DT, 4th among DL). Those numbers could take a jump this year with more snaps — he should see at least 800 this season after playing only 705 snaps last year.
Although Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford are the incumbent starters, Donald is going to see plenty of game time after being drafted 13th. Donald was a menace to offenses in college and with so much defensive line talent in St. Louis, he doesn't have the immense pressure of starting right off the bat.
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Another two-sack performance
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November 20, 2018
Donald totaled four tackles, including two sacks and two forced fumbles during Monday's 54-51 win over the Chiefs.
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Two-sack Sunday
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November 13, 2018
Donald recorded four tackles (three solo) and 2.5 sacks across 54 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
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Tallies two sacks in win
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October 29, 2018
Donald recorded three tackles (two solo), including two sacks, in Sunday's win over the Packers.
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Racks up four sacks against 49ers
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October 22, 2018
Donald recorded nine tackles (eight solo), four sacks and five quarterback hits during Sunday's 39-10 win over San Francisco.
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Monster game Sunday
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October 22, 2018
Donald posted nine tackles (eight solo), including four sacks, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble in Sunday's win over San Francisco.
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