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07:28 AM ET 02.26 | Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald has made himself a popular young man this offseason. Donald has had a great off season, starting with a dominant week at the Senior Bowl, and then following up with a great week in Indy. My biggest concern with Donald has been his lack of natural size and arm length. In the NFL, that is always a concern. Donald has done a great job changing my mind. People want to compare Donald to Geno Atkins, and it's a good comparison. ... Their arm lengths are similar, and Donald has proven to be a bit more explosive when you compare the different drills. His 4.68 second forty is very impressive, as well as his 7.11 three-cone and 32" vertical. I figured Donald would be a late first or early second, but now he could go as high as the teens. He is a very good fit for a one gap 4-3 team as a three-technique.

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February 26, 2014  07:56 AM ET

this will draw out the *crickets*

February 26, 2014  08:43 AM ET

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz...huh? What?

February 26, 2014  10:59 AM ET

"My biggest concern with Donald has been his lack of natural size and arm length." At 6' 0" and 284 he's going to be a DT in today's NFL? He'd better be strong like Hercules.

February 26, 2014  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"My biggest concern with Donald has been his lack of natural size and arm length." At 6' 0" and 284 he's going to be a DT in today's NFL? He'd better be strong like Hercules.

For the schematically challenged(I being one of them), here's a diagram of defensive line techniques.

February 26, 2014  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"My biggest concern with Donald has been his lack of natural size and arm length." At 6' 0" and 284 he's going to be a DT in today's NFL? He'd better be strong like Hercules.

I agree. I heard all the blathering on by Mayock about Aaron Donald then I looked at his size to see that many TE's are bigger than him. THe problem isn't just his height but weight . For Mayock to say Donald was as good as Clowney is a stretch.

February 26, 2014  12:11 PM ET

Their are bats flying in the writers attic, I think he should do something about that, don't you?

February 26, 2014  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

For the schematically challenged(I being one of them), here's a diagram of defensive line techniques.

Where are the Xs and Os?

February 26, 2014  03:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I agree. I heard all the blathering on by Mayock about Aaron Donald then I looked at his size to see that many TE's are bigger than him. THe problem isn't just his height but weight . For Mayock to say Donald was as good as Clowney is a stretch.

Somebody like Mayock says something like this and the bankrupt schlockmeisters keep saying it. Size does matter at DT. (Bears had better draft Nix [6'3" 340] or Jernigan [6' 2" 298] and not this guy who I bet is not 6'.)

February 26, 2014  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Where are the Xs and Os?

In the alphabet.

 
February 26, 2014  06:49 PM ET

BJ Raji was good for one year. Then the O linemen just stood there and pushed his head in the dirt.

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