Long: Aaron Donald is ‘best football player in the world’

Leading up to this 2014 draft, questions persisted about Aaron Donald’s capability to transition to the NFL game within an undersized defensive attack, which helped explain why he dropped to No. 13 overall.
In hindsight, those questions are cosmically foolish, as Donald has become the greatest defensive player in the league and arguably the best player in the NFL. View any cutup of Donald — such as this one — and it is comical how simple he destroys grown men.
Those questions did not survive but a whisper. As soon as Donald put on pads, it was obvious he will be good.
Former teammate Chris Long, who was in St. Louis to get Donald’s first two seasons, also said it was apparent from the beginning of training camp.
“I’d like to credit myself with being the first man to know he was going to be amazing,” Long jokingly told Gus Frerotte of this”Huddle Up with Gus” podcast. “We used to joke his rookie camp he was going to be in the Hall of Fame, but I kind of was not joking.”
Long called Donald”the best football player in the world, in my estimation.”
Long noted it isn’t just the physical attributes, speed, strength, agility, etc., which made Donald exceptional, but the mental acuity and drive to be good are off the charts, too.
“I have never seen anybody work so hard, that had so much talent and play so barbarous and perform with this kind of tenacity,” he explained. “This man would fight you on the area in the drop of a hat, and I admire that about himand outworks everybody.
“I would be the last person in the film room usually at the end of camp, and I’d go in there and watch tape once everyone was at home. I started moving in there and opening the door and turning the lights to find my pencil or notebook, and he was in there every evening.”
In five times, Donald has made five Pro Bowls, made four first-team All-Pros and won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards. He is on pace to one day and is the NFL sacks leader be fitted to get a coat.

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