What he brings: Donovan has something that has been lacking a great deal the past few season for the Ball State defense, a big body. Donovan's best asset is that he is over 300 lbs and strong. He has good physical tools too and is not just some overweight guy out there. Donovan moves very well in the short area and has a very good get off. He is quick for his size and actually looks like he runs well. His best tool though, is the fact that he already possess the strength and size to take on the Center/Guard double each and every play, which will free up the Cardinals' speedy linebacking corps. Donovan can also play two positions depending on the Cardinal alignment on defense, either the true NT or a 3 technique DT.
Areas of improvement: The only negative I have ever heard about Donovan is that he needs to work on his motor. Donovan has great initial burst and works very well in a small area, but some have questioned his ability to do it for a full game and his ability to get out and pursue when needed. These will be things that he will work on and will get better at as he develops in a college weight and conditioning program. I think Donovan answered some of those questions this past season as he posted phenomenal numbers as a Sr.
BallStateInsider.com grade: Finally, the Cardinals are stocking the interior line positions on defense. Rene Perry is solid, but undersized and would probably work better at DT. Adam Morris was a big step in the right direction, now we add another able body. I can see Donovan molding into just what the doctor ordered for the Cardinal defense with his ability to command and take on the double and his ability to still make plays from that position, with him and Morris in there at the nose, things are already looking up for the Cardinal D.