Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) warms up prior the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Cowboys hosted Aaron Donald on pre-draft visit


The Dallas Cowboys have made a handful of signings during the free agency period to improve their defensive line, but they are still expected to address their front seven early and often in the 2014 NFL Draft.

One of their top targets could be Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who has been shooting up draft boards since an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.

Donald’s athleticism is intriguing to a number of teams, and the Cowboys decided to take a closer look when they hosted him on a pre-draft visit Monday, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. 

If Donald is available when Dallas is on the clock with the No. 16 overall pick, he would be an option that the Cowboys will consider to pair alongside free agent acquisition Henry Melton.

Of course, there is a good chance that Donald will be off the board by the time the Cowboys are on the clock, so they will need to consider other options as well.

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  • SmartThinking

    It’s yet to be proven if any of the FA defensive picks this team has made so far will “improve” anything. Melton’s numbers are worse than Hatcher’s even if his reputation isn’t. I also don’t recall Hatcher getting arrested either.

    As for the other two guys, comparing them to Ratliff or Ware is like comparing a thoroughbred stallion to a cheese danish.

    I can’t even begin to start on Weeden’s pro background without having to spit first.

    So. When you use the word “improve,” what, exactly, are you referring to? I, for one, would really like to know how you define “improvement” and where you see it on this team to date other than by, shall we say, “Hope and Change”?