Inside The Iggles 2014 Mock Draft, Post-Combine Edition

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27. New Orleans Saints
Aaron Donald
Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mock drafts all over the internet have Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald landing somewhere in the top fifteen, but if Chicago opts to go elsewhere he’s headed for a free fall. The Saints get the steal of the first round, because while undersized at 6-feet, 284 pounds, Donald makes up for it with incredible technique and a high motor. If the Saints pass on him, I could see Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier being the pick.

Aaron Donald has been climbing up the draft boards like a hot air balloon, but his small frame could make him drop some spots on draft day. This would be great news for the New Orleans Saints, who would love a young and talented player in their defensive line. Donald is an experienced guy that brings pressure from the inside. He is not a natural fit for a 3-4 defensive front, but his strength, his quick first step and his non-stop motor more than make up for that.