When NFL players look at defensive tackles, their first inclination is to place them in the same class. After all, they are the player that lines up between the offensive lineman and the tight end, and who is responsible for stopping the run. The general consensus is that a defensive tackle is responsible for stopping the run, but also for stopping the pass. This is why the position got the moniker of “The Aaron”, given to the player who stops the pass, but also the run.
Patrick Peterson has been arguably the best defensive back in the NFL since he came into the league in 2011, as a rookie out of LSU. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, and was the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the Pro Bowl last year, but earned MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors for his work as a pass rusher. Peterson finished his career with the Cardinals by finishing second in team history in sacks with 52, behind Hall of Famer Jim Marshall.
Aaron Donald is a defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams who doesn’t get much attention from the national media like Odell Beckham Jr. or Tom Brady. However, he may soon move to the top of the list of NFL defensive tackles who have produced the most impressive career stat lines.
Prior to the 2021 season, few would argue that Los Angeles Rams linebacker Aaron Donald was one of the best players in the league at any position. The older he gets, the closer the former first-rounder gets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But NFL journalist Peter King recently went a step further by inducting Donald into the Hall of Fame.
Peter King calls Aaron Donald one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history
Key statistic suggests that Los Angeles Rams star running back Aaron Donald is among the best quarterbacks in NFL history | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images In his first seven seasons, Aaron Donald has 85.5 sacks and 131 interceptions. He was named to the AP All-Pro first team each year from 2015-20 and made the second team as a freshman in 2014. At this point, it is widely accepted that Donald is one of the best defensive players in recent history. He has been named Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL three times for a reason. Teams should actively oppose him because he is able to stop runs and reach the quarterback. In his column of 7. In June, NFL columnist Peter King named Donald one of the best quarterbacks in history for NBC Sports. Anyone who disagrees with King should take a look at Donald’s six spots on the All-Pro first team. All-Pro is the true measure of greatness. Pro Bowls are a good thing, but they are meaningless if five or six players from a position group are not there due to injury/disparity/super Bowl. Donald has made the All-Pros first team six times in a row, meaning he is one of the top two defensive players in the game, as voted on by the 50 Associated Press judges who closely watch the game each year from 2015-2020. Peter King If Donald receives this award two more times in his career, he will have the most first-team All-Pro accolades of any quarterback in NFL history.
Donald in an incredible company
Seven defensive linemen who will all be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. This group consisted of Alan Page, Bob Lilly, Buck Buchanan, Joe Green, John Randle, Merlin Olsen and Randy White. Think of these players, then think of Donald. In his first seven seasons, he has already been compared to immortal players like Green, the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end, and White, the Dallas Cowboys superstar of the 1970s and 1980s. It’s also interesting to note that Donald is the only player of these eight to have spent most of his career in a 32-team league. Only Randle, who retired after the 2003 season, played after the league expanded in the 1990s. Donald is arguably the best defensive player of his generation, and arguably the most influential defensive player. It’s time to add him to the list of all-time greats.
Donald and the Rams should have high expectations for the 2021 season
The only thing missing from Donald’s resume is a Super Bowl ring. Fortunately for him, the Rams are in a great position to win the NFC in 2021. The Rams traded Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford. Although Stafford turned 33 in February, he is a proven quarterback who could benefit from the mentorship of coach Sean McVay. Donald returns for his eighth season and continues to play at a very high level. The Rams know they can count on him and All-Pro defensive end Jalen Ramsey on the defensive side of the ball, especially in a 17-game season. For those who still doubt that Donald can be ranked as one of the most outstanding quarterbacks in NFL history, can a Super Bowl ring and another double-digit scoring campaign change your mind? Donald is certainly capable of doing both next season. Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @sportscasting19 . COMPARED TO: Rams star Aaron Donald was a fat, lazy guy before he became an NFL legend
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