Forgive Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams if his enthusiasm got the best of him following the Rams’ selection of defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 13 overall.
General Manager Les Snead said it all by saying little when describing Williams’ reaction at the Rams’ second of two first-round picks.
“I don’t think we can quote it,” Snead said with a laugh.
Donald, who began Thursday as the consensus top-ranked defensive tackle in the 2014 draft class, possesses a rare combination of speed and quickness at the tackle position, an athleticism
“We were (surprised),” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “Les’ guys did a great job with the research and we felt like there was a pretty good chance that he would disappear, and then a couple things happened. We were rubbing our lucky coin and he was there.”
Williams, who is renowned for his aggressive defensive schemes, can add one more first-round defensive lineman to a front four that already feature a trio of former first-round picks. The company Donald will be joining along the Rams’ defensive front was not lost on the 22-year-old.
“I’m real excited,” Donald said. “Best defensive line in the NFL, and I have an opportunity to be a part of that now. I’m real pumped up about that. I’m ready to get out there and play. It’s already a great defensive line. All I can do is go out there and play my part.”
At 6’1” and 285 pounds, Donald’s lack of size at the tackle position may have given some teams pause, though General Manager Les Snead had no such reservations.
“His game is not size,” Snead said. “I think his game is speed, quickness, so I think getting
The addition of Donald at 13th overall meant that for the first time under Snead and Fisher, the Rams would go without a first-round trade of draft picks. With Donald available, dealing the 13th pick was no longer a consideration.
“At that point a couple teams called but I think we were set on the pick,” Snead said. “We were jacked he was there, so it was really, ‘Hey we’re not doing anything. We’re done.’”