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2014 NFL Draft: Rams get A for selecting Aaron Donald at No. 13

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

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One way to instantly upgrade your defensive line is to draft the best defensive tackle in college football and that's exactly what St. Louis did on Thursday -- making its already intimidating defensive line even more intimidating.

With the 13th overall pick, the Rams took Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a player considered by far to be the best interior linemen in the draft this year.

CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco thought the Rams made a great move.

Donald will join a St. Louis defensive line that already includes Chris Long and Robert Quinn.

In Donald, the Rams are getting one of the most decorated players in Pitt history. In 2013 alone, Donald won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Not only that, but the defensive tackle was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year after leading the country with 28 tackles-for-loss.

As an interior lineman, the 6-foot, 285-pound Donald should thrive playing alongside Quinn and Long. The former Pitt star should be able to contribute right away as a rookie to what will be a formidable defensive line.

There is one weakness when it comes to Donald though: According to NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang, it's his short arms. "As with most undersized pass-rushers, when Donald's burst is contained his short arms limit his effectiveness. Donald keeps his legs churning and plays with effort, but he can get caught up in the hand-to-hand combat," Rang says.

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Donald's selection ends a three-year drought for Pitt. The school hadn't had a player selected since Kansas City took Jonathan Baldwin in the first round of the 2011 draft. It's been even longer since the Panthers have had defensive tackle taken. Before 2014, the last Pitt defensive tackle to go at any point in the draft was Sean Gilbert, who went third overall to the Rams in 1992.

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