Rams pick Aaron Donald in 1st –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — The pick: Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Pittsburgh

My take: On the surface this looks like an obvious best player available choice but the Rams clearly viewed defensive tackle as more of a need than others after spending much of the pre-draft process scouting the position. Donald is the best defensive tackle in the draft and a pure three-technique with premium pass rush skills. When I mocked Donald to the Rams in our NFL Nation mock draft earlier this week, I made the pick believing it was not only a great value but a great fit. Donald gives the Rams the type of defensive tackle they don’t have. They have big run stuffers in Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford. What they don’t have is someone who can push the pocket on a consistent basis. Donald provides that after posting 11 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss in 2013.

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