Aaron Donald's Advantage Over Khalil Mack in QB Pressures is Insane

Max Staley
Aaron Donald has been an unbelievable force for the Los Angeles Rams.
Aaron Donald has been an unbelievable force for the Los Angeles Rams. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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Aaron Donald is the best defensive lineman in the NFL. That's more of a widely-accepted reality than a debate at this point. But that doesn't make the gulf between Donald and the rest of his peers any less shocking.

Over the past three seasons, Donald has racked up a ludicrous 302 quarterback pressures. Cameron Jordan is second in that category with just 242.

That's right, during that three-year span, Donald has 60 more QB pressures than the second-most productive player in that category. He also has 68 more pressures than Khalil Mack, who is often regarded as the league's second-best sack artist. In other words, he's been about 24.8 percent more prolific than the rest of the league's elite.

This isn't a fluke, either. Donald also leads the league in QB hits during that span (92) while Z'Darius Smith is in second with 78. For reference, the gap between Donald and Smith is the same as the amount of QB hits (14) that Mack tallied over a 16-game season in 2019.

Since entering the league in 2014, only Chandler Jones has more sacks (78.5) than Donald's 72. But sacks obviously don't tell the whole story, and there's no player more consistently disruptive than the Rams' five-time first-team All-Pro.


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