Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Coming up: Q&A with Aaron Donald

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The buzz across the nation and the NFL Draft conversation has been mixed since the workouts at the NFL Combine.

Some players are said to be falling, while some jumped out at the Combine and are rising Draft boards across the league.

There isn’t any player who has impressed over the past month more than Pitt defensive lineman Aaron Donald. His physical stature is certainly not overwhelming, but since he impressed at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago, the conversation has really heated up. And that conversation continued after his performance on Monday at the Combine.

It’s not just the writers who are talking. Dan Dahlke, the lombardiave staff writer who has been working so hard lately on a continuing series of NFL Draft prospect Q&As, said that there were even students in his high school English class who were talking about the defensive lineman.

With that said, we’ve got Aaron Donald’s Q&A right here on Lombardiave this morning. It will be published at 8 a.m. CST … so we ask that you come back and see what the guy has to say about his past, the present and his future in the NFL. He talks about a variety of issues … come back and check it out.

Here’s a short intro provided by Dahlke …

At 6-foot-1 and 288 pounds, Donald has been criticized for his size as an interior defensive lineman. However, the former Pitt Panther showed in Indianapolis that he has plenty of strength and athleticism to be an impact player on the line, benching 225 pounds 35 times and running the 40 in 4.68 seconds. Donald also ran three-cone drill in an impressive 7.11 seconds, giving him top marks at his position in all three drills.

In fact, Donald not only finished second among all defensive linemen in the bench press, but his 4.68 40 time was also the fastest time recorded by a defensive tackle. Donald’s 40 time was even better than over half of this year’s linebacker class.

You can also read about many other prospects in this continuing series. We will continue to publish five per week over the next three weeks, so don’t forget to come back daily for this entertaining and informative series.

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