St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald had one of the best rookie seasons in the NFL. For his effort, he has been selected as the 18th-best player overall in 2014 according to Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus charts each NFL player of every play of every game. Here is how they broke down Donald.
What a rookie year! Donald didn’t start until Week 6 but still managed to not only log 724 snaps but also earn the highest grade of any defensive tackle. That was the level of dominance the former Pittsburgh Panther produced. There was a feeling he was too small heading out of college but his ability to penetrate made him more than just a situational player, with him earning marks in run defense comparable to his excellent work pass rushing.
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Best Performance: Week 10, SL @ ARZ, +5.7Key Stat: Finished in the Top 10 in both Run Stop Percentage and Pass Rushing Productivity.
Donald had an incredible rookie year that he hopes to be able to back up with an even better sophomore season. The Rams added Nick Fairly this offseason which should only open up more opportunities for Donald to get to the quarterback and plug those rushing roles.