What NFL milestones could Aaron Donald achieve in 2022?

It should surprise absolutely no one that Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle and future first-round Hall of Famer Aaron Donald is set to make more history ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

Here are some of the milestones Donald could achieve this year according to Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports:

“Needs 12 sacks to become the fourth player since 1982 with at least 110 sacks in his first nine NFL seasons, joining Reggie White (137), Jared Allen (117) and DeMarcus Ware (117). Donald has 98 sacks in his first eight seasons.

Needs 12 sacks to become second player since 1982 with at least 12 sacks in five straight seasons, joining Lawrence Taylor (1985-89).

Needs eight sacks to become the third player since 1982 with at least eight sacks in each of his first nine NFL seasons, joining Derrick Thomas (first 10 seasons) and Reggie White (14 seasons).

Based on career production over his first eight seasons, Donald averaged just over 12 sacks per season. In 2021, AD had 12.5 sacks and it’s easy to see him matching those stats in this upcoming campaign given that he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. It still blows my mind that he continues to get this production despite being regularly subjected to extreme lockdowns throughout his career, like these for example:

It’s no wonder the guy was a 99 overall at Madden for six consecutive years. Aaron Donald still has a lot more greatness in his tank as the Rams try to “roll him back.” Sit back and enjoy the show as AD prepares another helpless attacking tackle for the umpteenth time. It never gets old.

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