Over the past year or so, the discussion about the 2014 NFL Draft has revolved mainly around one guy. South Carolina‘s Jadeveon Clowney has both scouts and fans drooling over his potential, and rightly so. And while Clowney is a beast in his own right, we have overlooked another very talented defensive lineman due to our infatuation with Clowney. Pittsburgh‘s defensive tackle Aaron Donald has all the skills you look for in an NFL lineman, and he is a future star in the league.
Although there are questions regarding his size, Donald more than makes up for it in talent. He makes up for his lack of pure power with quickness that is easily the best in this draft class. Donald fires off the line in a hurry, and as far as getting to the quarterback is concerned, Donald is one of the best. With a swim move that is devastating to opposing lineman, Donald is pretty much next to impossible to stop when he beats his opponent off the snap.
Another underrated aspect of Donald’s game is the fact that he puts in maximum effort on every single play. His hustle and effort is almost unmatched in this year’s draft crop, and when you combine his effort with his considerable amount of natural skill, you begin to see why Donald is a very special prospect. I’m not saying he is a better player than Clowney — not many people are. However, as much as we’ve all fawned over Clowney, perhaps we need to instead start taking a closer look at Donald.
After all, he is a future NFL star.