Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Minnesota Vikings targeting Aaron Donald at No. 8


 

Aaron Donald entered the predraft process as a second round pick, but after a strong Senior Bowl week and excelling at the NFL combine and throughout the interview process, Donald has risen to the top half of the first round where he has been projected to the Chicago Bears at No. 14 in a host of mock drafts.

However, with the draft only a few days away, Donald’s stock continues to soar and the Minnesota Vikings at No. 8 could be the team who drafts the unanimous All-American and the winner of the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski and Outland Trophy’s, according to NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

The Vikings have been projected to take a quarterback in the first round, but if their guy is not on the board, they could take the consensus top defensive tackle in the draft and slide him into the starting lineup from day one and help fill the void on the defensive line by the departures of Jared Allen and Kevin Williams.

Donald recorded 59 tackles in his senior season with 28.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. The 6-1, 285-pounder has been labeled the best defensive tackle in the last decade and has been compared to former Vikings Hall of Fame tackle John Randle.

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  • Bob E.

    We have Floyd at 3 tech and Joseph at Nose Tackle… A smokescreen, and not a well thought out one.

  • David Mallow

    I wouldn’t rule this pick out at all, although I see them going QB or LB. Donald is a phenomenal player and reminds me 100% of the one and only John Randle..very explosive… beyond Floyd and Joseph the dline could use another beast as Zimmer does rotate all of his guys.. wouldn’t hate it,but I hope it’s a QB or LB…bigger needs, but a future star is still there…hmmmm…tough decisions

  • Hinterliggettkid

    Do the name Warren Sapp mean anything to you ? Donald is not only lie Randle but a sapp clone as well !