Aaron Donald draft day links

Written by Sam Werner on .

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald will almost certainly become Pitt's first NFL Draft pick since 2011 tonight (and the Panthers' first first-round selection since Jonathan Baldwin, also in 2011). With any luck, there's also a good shot he'll be Pitt's highest draft pick since Larry Fitzgerald went third overall in 2004.

Here are some mock drafts, along with where they have Donald slated to go, and other links to help get you ready for tonight...

Mock Drafts
ESPN: No. 8 to Minnesota (Mel Kiper) / No. 7 to Tampa Bay (Todd McShay)
Sports Illustrated: No. 8 to Minnesota (Peter King)
CBS Sports: No. 8 to Minnesota No. 24 to Cincinnati (Mike Mayock) / No. 13 to St. Louis (Daniel Jeremiah) / No. 14 to Chicago (Charlie Casserly) / No. 7 to Tampa Bay (Matt Smith)
FOX Sports: No. 10 to Detroit (Peter Schrager)
NBC Sports: No. 8 to Minnesota (Evan Silva)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: No. 10 to Detroit (Ed Bouchette)

Past Stories
12/14/13: Pitt star Aaron Donald has a week to remember - A story about Donald's whirlwind awards week tour, which went from Charlotte to Houston to Orlando, and ended with him taking home four national individual awards for his on-field dominance in 2013. This quiet kid from Penn Hills had transformed into the best defensive player in college football.

5/2/14: Donald preparing for first-round selection

2/24/14: Donald leaves scouts raving: Donald had shown it on the field, but he cemented his first round status with an impressive showing at the 2014 NFL Combine.

2/18/14: Penn Hills and Pitt standout has sights set on NFL

1/24/14: Donald shining at Senior Bowl: Facing some of the top offensive linemen in college football, Donald got the best of all of them and was named the most outstanding player during Senior Bowl practices. I also spoke to CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang for his thoughts on Donald at the time.

12/17/13: Donald named AP All-American

12/12/13: Donald's dominance noted at awards show

12/4/13: Donald named ACC Defensive Player of the Year

11/25/13: Donald's play impresses former Pitt lineman Fralic

11/20/13: Awards committees takes notice of Donald

11/4/13: Donald continues defensive dominance

8/19/12: Amid uncertainty, No. 97 is a sure thing

8/19/09: Blue Chip Chat with Penn Hills DT Aaron Donald

4/30/09: Penn Hills defensive lineman makes the call for Pitt

Other links

Pitt NFL Draft Central: The athletic department did a good job putting together a site that aggregates all the necessary information on any Pitt players who could hear their names called this weekend (though only three likely will). It also includes some Pitt draft history and other information.

Aaron Donald NFL Draft profile

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