Aaron Donald was the best football player to enter the NFL in the 2010s. There, I said it, and it’s the truth! Similar to Lawrence Taylor in the Eighties, Donald was immediately one of the top-five defensive players in the league as a rookie, and within a few years, one of the top-five players in the NFL, period. Now maybe only in the middle of his prime, Donald has consistently been called the best non-quarterback in the league but he’s also probably better than most, if not all, of the quarterbacks.
And yet Aaron Donald was not that highly sought after as a college recruit in 2010, ranking as a three-star prospect who wasn’t even nationally ranked by Rivals. This is in spite of the fact that Donald was productive and exciting as a high school player at Penn Hills.
Check out a few of his sacks below. You can find Donald by looking for the kid who is destroying everything: