Nov 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) reacts while leaving the field following the game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Pittsburgh defeated Syracuse 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Senior Bowl: Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald eliciting Geno Atkins comparisons


Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald was a dominating force in the interior of the Panthers defensive line this season as he won figuratively every award he was eligible for short of the Heisman and that stellar play has continued this week at the Senior Bowl.

The ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Nagurski, Outland and Lombardi Award winner is ever drawing comparisons to Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins because of his raw power, ability to win with leverage and exceptionally quick burst.

Donald is 6-feet tall and 288-pounds compared to the 6-1, 303-pound Atkins and both faced questions about there lack of height in the predraft process which led to Atkins slipping into the fourth round out of Georgia, but after two All-Pro seasons, Donald should be the beneficiary and will be selected much higher.

Most talent evaluators view Donald as an early second round pick or potential late one where he will play the 3-technique in a 4-3 defense.

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