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The 6-foot-1, 280-pound kingpin of the Los Angeles Rams' defense was

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Many an NFL opponent has had a game plan waylaid by the speed Youth Jared Goff Jersey , strength and instinct of Aaron Donald over his not-yet-five-full seasons in the league.a unanimous pick for the best defensive tackle in the NFL by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press in this week's edition of the position rankings."He's been as disruptive as anyone on the interior, ever, since entering the league," said the AP's Josh Dubow, who is based in the Bay Area.Just ask the Minnesota Vikings.The Rams had a 10-point lead on Minnesota last month, but the Vikings were on the move as the fourth quarter began and Kirk Cousins dropped back.Donald leaped off the line to engage with his blocker, before breaking free to the inside of the guard with a textbook swim move. After shoving the center aside, Donald darted forward and swallowed up the quarterback with a bear hug for a 10-yard loss and a harbinger for a punt.The Vikings still had a chance later in the game, trailing by just a touchdown, when Cousins settled in the pocket looking to pass. Donald veered right this time to squeeze between the guard and the tackle, foiling a desperate attempt by the center to slow him down as he closed in on another sack. After tossing Cousins to the turf , Donald simply pointed to his right biceps for his latest celebration."Early in the game I thought the protection was good," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the 38-31 loss to the Rams last month, "and then Donald took it over a little bit at the end."Donald also topped the AP rankings for defensive tackles last year.After staying away from offseason workouts for a second straight year to protest his lack of a new contract http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-aaron-donald-jersey , the Rams finally relented at the end of the preseason with a six-year extension for Donald worth $135 million.For the Rams (5-0), one of the NFL's two remaining unbeaten teams, the defensive tackle tandem of Donald and newcomer Ndamukong Suh has the potential to change a game as much as their high-octane offense."It's almost unfair the way the Rams have stocked up on their defensive line," said the AP's Teresa Walker, who's based in Nashville.Suh finished fifth in the voting released Friday, following Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles and Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That's quite the quintet of experience, power and quickness at a position that's as stacked with elite players as any around the league these days. Donald, Atkins, Cox, McCoy and Suh have played a combined 39 seasons and been picked for the Pro Bowl 24 times, with a cumulative total of 250陆 career sacks playing a role that's predicated on stopping the run first.Suh and McCoy were the second and third overall picks in the 2010 draft. Atkins, who went in the fourth round that year, is in the top two with Donald in sacks, quarterback pressures and quarterback hits over the last five seasons. This year Greg Zuerlein Jersey , Atkins is tied for the league lead with six sacks."Doesn't seek attention, but his consistent excellence demands it," said the AP's Simmi Buttar, who's based in New York.The only new addition to the top 10 from last year's rankings was Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans, who finished sixth.Kawann Short of the Carolina Panthers was seventh, DeForest Buckner of the San Francisco 49ers was eighth, Linval Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings was ninth and Damon Harrison of the New York Giants was 10th. Yes, that was Joseph rumbling down the field last week with a fumble he caught midair and returned 64 yards for a touchdown ."Might be the fastest 330-pound guy in sports," said the AP's Rob Maaddi, who's based in Philadelphia.Now that's a true defensive tackle. Jon Gruden didn't mince words.As excited as he was to coach Khalil Mack in his second stint with Oakland, Gruden believes the right move ultimately was to trade Mack to give the Raiders the draft picks and salary cap room needed to rebuild a depleted roster."It wasn't my goal to trade Khalil when we got here," Gruden said Sunday. "One of the reasons I'm here is because of him. Unfortunately, we had a standoff with a contract, and we could not come to terms. The Bears made us an offer of two first-round draft choices and here we are today."The Raiders made the blockbuster trade on Saturday, dealing one of the game's most dominant defensive players to Chicago for first-round draft picks in 2019 and 2020 Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey , a sixth-rounder next year and a third-rounder in 2020. Oakland also included its second-round selection in 2020 and a conditional fifth-rounder that year in the trade.Mack then immediately signed a six-year, $141 million extension with the Bears that guarantees $90 million. That's the richest deal ever for a defensive player and nowhere near where the Raiders were willing to go after already committing $25 million a year to quarterback Derek Carr."It's tough when you have two players that are the highest paid at their positions, so the economic part of it certainly weighs in," Gruden said. "We've got free agents on our team that are going to be (up) next year; we've got to find a way to bring them back. So you've got to field a 53-man roster and there are some implications of having two players making that much money. That's no mystery to anybody."The Bears were willing to commit that money in part because they have quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on a rookie deal. The Los Angeles Rams gave $87 million guaranteed to Aaron Donald this past week in what was the richest defensive contract for one day until Mack surpassed it, but they also have quarterback Jared Goff on a rookie contract.The Raiders don't have that luxury and have several holes to fill on a team that went 6-10 last year and has gotten little production from recent draft classes. Oakland has already cut ties with its second-round picks from 2015, '16 and '17 in Mario Edwards Jr., Jihad Ward and Obi Melifonwu and has only 11 of the 50 draft choices that general manager Reggie McKenzie made from 2012-17 on the 53-man roster.That has contributed to the Raiders having the oldest roster in the league and the desire for more draft picks."We're trying to hit on the draft," Gruden said. "We're trying to draft and develop. Obviously the last three draft classes we haven't got a lot of production out of yet. I don't think there's anybody left from the '13 draft. The '15, '16, '17 (classes), not much production at all. With that being said, you have to fill holes."Gruden didn't want to second-guess the approach the Raiders took with Mack after exercising the fifth-year option on his rookie deal worth $13.8 million.The two sides traded offers before the start of the league year in March that were far apart and the Raiders made no more offers after that as Mack held out. Despite the wide gap, the Raiders did not look to trade Mack before the draft when they could have gotten help for this season.When Donald got his big deal Friday, Oakland saw where the bar was set and made the deal rather than wait to see if Mack would eventually report."We would like to have the player stay here; he was under contract," Gruden said. "We did not expect this to last as long as it did. But we're going to be second-guessed until the cows come home on this. I understand that. But Youth Michael Brockers Jersey , bottom line is, we did do our due diligence, there was a standoff, and he got a great contract from the Bears — a great contract."Now the Raiders must move on with the season opener coming Sept. 10 against the Rams. There is a big hole on defense as the Raiders try to replace a player who is a two-time All-Pro and the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Since entering the league, Mack leads all players with 185陆 quarterback pressures and ranks second with 68 tackles for loss, according to SportRadar.Oakland still has Bruce Irvin as a pass rusher on one side and rookie Arden Key showed promise this summer on the other side. The inside rush should be improved with rookies P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst, but none of those players are at Mack's level.Mack also was a leader in the locker room and one of the most popular players, making his loss even bigger. But Gruden felt it was still time to move on, no matter how much he will be missed by his teammates."He's a great player and a good teammate and a lot of these guys were very good friends with him," he said. "It was tough but he's been gone for some time. Like I said, we wish him the best. We have to build this football team. We have a lot of needs and we'll address him as we see fit. But it's never easy to say goodbye to anybody, especially a great player."

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