Donald Gone At 16? Easley New Cowboys' Target

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Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

THE DONALD QUESTIONS REMAIN

The question teams now have to answer…is the jump in competition going to dampen his explosive play?  Or will Donald continue to dominate, and thrust past the best offensive lineman in the world?

At least one thing is certain, there is only one specific position in the NFL that Aaron Donald can play and that’s the 3-technique.  Any team that plays a 3-4 defense or already has a solid 3-technique will pass on Donald as there is no fit.

These factors make predicting Donald’s likely destination and draft slot a complex ordeal.  A few teams will drool over him and some will doubt his smaller stature competing at the highest level.

Right now Dallas and DC Rod Marinelli are crossing their fingers none of the 14 teams above them are chomping at the bits to sign him.  There is little debate that he fits the demands of the Dallas 4-3 (Tampa-2 style) 3-technique like a glove.

The conclusion is that no one can get a solid read on where Aaron Donald will come off the board.  That being said, there is a decent chance he will be gone by the Cowboys’ 16th pick.

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