4. Aaron Donald
When thinking of the best defensive players in the NFL, Donald is one of the first names to come to mind. When looking at defensive lineman, only Donald can enter a conversation with J.J. Watt as the biggest impact player in the NFL. That said, Donald enters the season with a $2.7 million cap hit, and next year is still on his rookie deal, slated to make $3.2 million.
Among Rams players, Donald ranks 16th in salary on the team. He ranks sixth on the defense and as crazy as it sounds, there are four defensive linemen on the Rams with a greater cap hit than Donald. He also ranks 72nd among defensive lineman in the NFL, which just seems ridiculous.
Donald has 23 career sacks in 35 career starts. He is a once in a generation player, and the Rams have found themselves a gem in the 25-year old Pitt product.
Unfortunately for Rams fans, this team seems to still be in a rebuild type of mode and were not able to add any key free agent additions with the money that Donald had saved them in the salary cap.
Either way, given the production that Donald brings when it comes to stopping both the run and the pass, Donald has to be looked at as a complete steal through three years.