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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald

03.23.14 at 5:24 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

AARON DONALD

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Pittsburgh

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 288 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-American, 2013 first-team All-ACC, 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year

What he brings: Donald is a speedy athlete with a very good first-step. CBSSports.com notes that “his first step routinely beats opponents for immediate pressures.” He is considered to be very quick but undersized. Donald’s hand placement could be better and his arms are short for a defensive tackle.

Where the Patriots could get him: Donald is expected to be a top-20 pick, so the Patriots likely would need to trade up to to get him.

Notes: Donald recorded 11 sacks and four forced fumbles during his senior season. He played in 51 games during his four years at Pittsburgh. … Donald went to high school in Pittsburgh as well, playing defensive tackle and offensive guard. … He is widely considered one of the two best defensive tackles along with Notre Dame‘s Louis Nix. Mike Mayock of NFL.com recently rated Donald as his No. 1 defensive tackle.

Related articles:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s dominance noted at awards show

Alabama Local: Aaron Donald earns Senior Bowl‘s top award for practice performance

Video: Here are 2013 highlights of Donald at Pittsburgh.

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