Everyone in the country knew Pitt’s Aaron Donald was a great player when he arrived at the Senior Bowl. He’d just finished an All-American season and took home three of the country’s most prestigious individual honors. He dominated at the Senior Bowl and that’s the kind of player he anticipates being in the NFL.
“I feel like I can come in and make an impact right away,” Donald said Saturday from the Combine. “I feel like I can come in, earn the trust of the coaches, learn the playbook, get on the field right away and make an impact. I can make plays, earn the trust of the veterans and try to get out there and win games with them.”
Donald measured in at six feet tall and 285 pounds and the original knock on him was that he was too undersized to play on the interior at the NFL. That no longer seems to be the case, since he’s shown that his size doesn’t hold him back. It’s something Donald uses to his advantage, gaining natural leverage in the trenches and using it to his advantage is something he’s grown accustomed to.
“It is what it is,” he said. “Thinking about it or letting it get me mad isn’t going to get me any taller. All I can do is go out there and play the game of football that way I play it, hard-nosed and making plays.”
Donald began the offseason as a second-round prospect, but has already climbed into the first round in the eyes of many. Any doubts left regarding Donald’s ability may be completely answered by the time he leaves the Combine.