Check out the best photos from Aaron Donald's 2017 season.
The Rams have had a number of standout defenders in franchise history and defensive tackle Aaron Donald is continuing to solidify himself as one of the best. In just four seasons in the NFL, the Pitt product has been one of the most dominant defenders in the league — with four Pro Bowl nods and three sets of All-Pro honors to his name.
Here's Donald's 2017 campaign by the numbers:
1stRams player to force a fumble during the opening drive of the game in back-to-back contests. Donald accomplished the feat during Week 8 and 9 of the regular season, against quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Savage.
3.0sacks for Donald in the Rams Week 15 victory over the Seahawks. This total tied a new single game career-high.
4Pro Bowl selections. Donald has been named to the NFL's annual all-star game in each of his four seasons with the Rams — tied with punter Johnny Hekker and left tackle Andrew Whitworth for the most of any player currently on the Rams roster.
5forced fumbles — a new career high, and good for No. 2 in the league behind Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (7).
11.0sacks this season, tying a single-season career high.
14regular season games played. Donald still managed to put up 11.0 sacks this season, despite playing two fewer games than he did in 2015 — the last year he recorded the total in a single season.
39.0career sacks. Donald passed former defensive tackle D'Marco Farr (36.5) for ninth on the Rams all-time career sack list.
52total* *tackles recorded this season.
91quarterback pressures, which led the league. Donald's 91 pressures are 21 more than any other interior lineman in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
98.4— the overall grade Donald received for his 2017 season by PFF. An impressive finish by all accounts, given that the highest grade obtainable is a 99.9.