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Daily Dose: Aaron Donald Headlines NFL’s List of Top-Ten Defensive Tackles

Posted May 15, 2018

All the latest headlines surrounding the Los Angeles Rams for Tuesday, May 15.

This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Tuesday, May 15th about your Los Angeles Rams:

Donald Tops List of NFL’s Best Defensive Tackles

Last week, defensive tackle Aaron Donald headlined NFL Network and former Patriots’ linebacker Willie McGinest’s top-ten list of pass rushers in the league and this week the Pittsburgh product was at it again — topping the rankings for the NFLcom’s best defensive tackles.

The reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year is widely considered the best and most dominant defensive force in the league. This week, he tops a list that includes several of the league’s best defensive players like the Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and Bengals’ Geno Atkins, among several others.

Here’s what the NFL.com’s Shaun O’Hara had to say about Donald:


“No surprise here. Donald is the most disruptive defensive tackle in the game, having led the position in sacks (11), QB hits (27) and forced fumbles (5) in 2017. His quickness and explosive get-off -- combined with great hands -- make Donald almost impossible for interior O-linemen to contain.”

Check out the final nine players on the list by reading the full article here.

Highlighting the 25 Best Moves of the NFL Offseason:

So far this offseason well over 1,000 moves have been made — whether that be coaching jobs filled or players released, signed, tagged and traded. Now that we have entered a quiet period in the NFL’s offseason program, the folks at Bleacher Report are taking the time to reflect on what has been a busy period thus far.

And included in the 25 best moves of the 2018 offseason are three of the Rams biggest transactions:

1) Los Angeles Rams Acquire Aqib Talib

“The Chargers' future Los Angeles landlord still made several much larger splashes this offseason, starting with a pair of March trades for veteran cornerbacks who should bring plenty of experience and playmaking ability to a young, blossoming roster.

One of those moves fetched them 32-year-old Pro Bowler Aqib Talib in exchange for merely a fifth-round pick.”

2) Los Angeles Rams Acquire Marcus Peters

“Prior to bringing in Talib, the Rams also pulled the trigger on a trade for Kansas City Chiefs interception-machine Marcus Peters. And although Peters is entering the final year of his rookie contract, this is an even better move because he's only 25 years old and will cost Los Angeles just $1.7 million in 2018.

Since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2015, Peters has 19 picks. No other NFL player has more than 14 during that span.”

3) Los Angeles Rams Sign Ndamukong Suh to a 1-Year Deal

“The Rams brought in one of the most dominant defensive players in the game and created a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses—how in the world do you block both Suh and Aaron Donald?—without sacrificing a penny of salary-cap space beyond this season.

He doesn't come cheap, but according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Suh "took less" to go to the Rams. Besides, the expensive part of free agency had come and gone by the time the Rams signed Suh.

This was a no-brainer deal with no long-term strings attached.”