Over the last two weeks, ESPN’s NFL Nation writers have been putting out All-Decade teams made up entirely of players from each division, coupled with the Player of the Decade for each team in every highlighted division.
For the NFC West, the player of the decade was none other than defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He was joined by Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Here’s what the group had to say about Donald’s selection.
“A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Donald entered the NFL in 2014 when the Rams drafted him with the 13th overall pick. He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after he posted nine sacks and 18 tackles for a loss. In six seasons, Donald has 72.5 sacks, and in 2018 he set the NFL record for sacks by an interior lineman with 20.5, helping power the Rams to Super Bowl LIII. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and a five-time All Pro, Donald’s production has earned recognition from players across the league who have not only vouched for his future in the Hall of Fame, but have proclaimed him as arguably the best defensive player in NFL history.”
Since getting drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Donald has accumulated 72 sacks. He’s also been a selected to the Pro Bowl every year of his career, named a First-Team All-Pro selection in every season besides his rookie campaign, and has been named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year twice.
For NFL defenders, you’re not going to find a better resume than that in today’s game.
Now for today’s links.
Stu Jackson takes a look at the cornerback group (TheRams.com)
Cameron DaSilva takes a look at the top-20 receiving leaders in franchise history (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter discusses how the Rams may limit seating in the stadium, if there is any at all (Ramblin’ Fan)
Jeremy Fowler highlights the Seahawks’ newest LB Jordyn Brooks (ESPN)
John Breech ranks the top-10 kickers and punters in the NFL (CBS Sports)
The Chiefs and DT Chris Jones are at a stalemate in contract talks (Pro Football Talk)