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Random Ramsdom: Aaron Donald unsurprisingly ranked 1st among interior defensive linemen

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Today, ESPN unveiled their rankings for the NFL’s top-10 interior defensive linemen and of course there was no surprise who was named the best of the best.

It was Aaron Donald. And this is my *surprised face*.

There isn’t much to report here on the matter so I’ll just let the author, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, do the heavy lifting.

“Not much needs to be said. We could have removed Donald from the voting process, because nobody thought twice about taking anyone else at No. 1. He’s the only player, regardless of position, to earn a clean sweep of first-place votes.”

“Best player in football,” said one of the NFC scouts that participated in the exercise.

“Donald absorbed double-teams on a league-high 295 snaps last year and still produced 12.5 sacks, highest among defensive tackles. His 302 total pressures since 2017 are 58 more than any other player during that span, according to Pro Football Focus.”

To quote rapper Lil Wayne on the matter, “He’s a beast. He’s a dog. He’s a m*****f******* problem.”

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Here are today’s links.

Rams News:

Stu Jackson highlights Jared Goff’s prowess for big-time throws on 3rd and 4th downs in 2019 (

Sean McVay did the commencement speech for a local group of high school kids (

Cameron DaSilva details the elite season by Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods in 2018 (The Rams Wire)

Larry Brake looks at five potential replacements for Jared Goff should the team ever decide to move on from his massive contract (Ramblin’ Fan)

NFL News:

Washington is officially retiring the team’s nickname (CBS Sports)

EA released the Madden 21 ratings for the top-10 QBs in the game (ESPN)

Stephon Gilmore loves the Patriots for signing Cam Newton (Pro Football Talk)

The Cowboys and Dak Prescott are not close to agreeing on a long-term contract (Pro Football Talk)

TE Jordan Reed is receiving interest from three teams (

Kevin Patra reports on the Broncos and S Justin Simmons working on a long-term deal prior to the deadline (