The most impressive player at the 2014 Senior Bowl was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. All week, Donald (6-0, 288) had dominant practices where he caused havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Donald was phenomenal in the pass rushing one-on-ones, as he constantly beat blockers to get to the quarterback.
For those that watched Donald in college, that's no surprise. Donald was superb in 2013, as he had a multi-sack games against Virginia Tech, New Mexico and Virginia. Donald was one of the nation's leaders with 11 sacks and led the country in tackles for a loss with 28.5. He also had 59 tackles with 26.5, two passes batted and four forced fumbles.
After Donald's Senior Bowl performance, many believe he could go in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. WalterFootball.com caught up with Donald to discuss his dominant week.
You've stood out here with some great practices. How would you access your performance this week?
"It's been a solid week. It's been to compete with some of the best in college football and play some more football. I think it's been a solid week and I have to transfer that performance to the game on Saturday. ... I've been out of the pads for awhile, so to put the pads back on and compete and hit has been a lot of fun. It's been a good experience."
What are some of the coaching points that the Falcons staff has given you?
"They've gotten to know me a lot and I think that's a plus for them to get to know me as a person off the football field. It's been good to build a relationship with some of the coaches, some of the scouts. It's been real good.
What are some the questions the teams are asking in your meetings?
"The questions have pretty much been about my background. My family life. Where I came from at the college level and some of the technique I work."
Do any teams stand out as showing more interest than others?
"Pretty much all of them. You never know but I've talked to a lot of coaches so we'll see."
With your size, do you feel you have to be in the right scheme? You were a really productive player but in the NFL you have to be in a specific scheme.
"No I'm a defensive lineman. You don't need to be 6-foot-6 to be a solid defensive lineman. I can play the run well and I can play the pass. That's always a plus for a defensive lineman. I feel like I'm an inside guy, but I have experience at nose tackle and the three technique so I feel like I'm a well-rounded guy."
Some think you're best as a three technique, would you disagree with that?
"I feel like I'm a three technique. I feel like that's my position as a football player."
"I feel like I'm more productive at three tec than other positions."
What's it like working with Falcons defensive line coach Brian Cox?
"It's been good, man. He's a great guy. I love him to death. I've enjoyed being with him these few days. Not only is he a great coach but he's a great person. Being able to talk to him and crack a couple of jokes and get comfortable has been a lot of fun."