Football 101: No. 11, Aaron Donald
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Since Aaron Donald entered the league in 2014, here are the NFL leaders in sacks:
Aaron Donald, 103
Chandler Jones, 94.5
Cam Jordan, 91
Von Miller, 88.5
Justin Houston, 84.5
OK. Hold on to that for a minute. Since Aaron Donald entered the league in 2014, here are the leaders in tackles for loss:
Aaron Donald, 160
Cam Jordan, 123
Khalil Mack, 113
J.J. Watt, 112
Von Miller, 108
Should we look at quarterback hits? Sure, why not, let’s look at quarterback hits, too, since 2014:
Aaron Donald, 237
J.J. Watt, 200
Carlos Dunlap, 189
Von Miller, 181
Cam Jordan, 176
OK, this should paint a pretty clear picture.
Except it doesn’t. Because look at those lists again. Look at the people he’s up against — Watt, Mack, Jones, Jordan. You know what’s different about them?