Nov 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) is blocked by Syracuse Orange guard Nick Robinson (68) during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Watch: Pitt DT Aaron Donald vs. Bowling Green


If you’re looking for some intrigue in obscure college bowl games, you might want to check out the Little Caesar’s Bowl on ESPN Thursday night.

This year’s LC Bowl features one of the best defensive players in all of college football this season in Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Donald is an undersized defensive tackle prospect at 6’0″ 286 pounds, but he’s managed to use that size completely to his advantage, showing off his quickness and playmaking ability consistently this season.

So far, he ‘s racked up 54 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, and 16 QB hurries. He was named a 1st team All-American and ranks among the nation’s best in active leaders for sacks and tackles for loss over the course of a career.

I think Donald will be best served playing in a four-man front in the NFL where other players can occupy blockers and he can be free in one-on-one matchups to do what he does best and rush the quarterback and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

This is an extremely active defender with a relentless motor. He’s been incredibly productive over the course of his collegiate career and I can’t wait to see how it translates over to the NFL. Teams might be a little bit scared about his size, but it gives him good leverage and he obviously has great quickness off the snap.

You have to watch this guy play his last college game.

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