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Senior Bowl profile: Pitt DT Aaron Donald

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Football on TV Updated: January 21, 2014 - 10:56 AM

Player: Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald

Senior Bowl weigh-in: 6’0, 288 pounds; hands – 9 7/8; arm – 31 ¾; wing – 77 3/8

Senior stats (13 games): 59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles (ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Donald has been knocked as undersized at his position, but he had arguably with the best performance after the first day of practice on Monday.

 The Pittsburgh native shined the most during one-on-one drills against Baylor guard Cyril Richardson during the North practice where Donald dominated one of the best guards in the 2014 NFL Draft multiple times. He mixed it up showing his quickness and explosion off the line of scrimmage but also strength at times.

“I can switch it up a whole lot, but I like to stay true with the bull rush to show the power,” Donald said.

Donald said he played defensive end, nose tackle and three-technique tackle (his preferred position) at Pitt.

“I feel like I’m a rounded football player,” Donald said. “I can play the run, and I can play the pass.”

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