Pitt held its annual Pro Day at the UPMC Southside practice facility.
This yea as one of the more well-represented a Pro Day's Pitt has hosted. Mainly, because of Aaron Donald being the headliner.
Donald proved he was college football's most disruptive defensive player, winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, the Bednarik Award, the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy, just to name a few.
Donald continued that with a successful week at the Senior Bowl--both in practices and the actual game itself.
"I don't know if he was the story at the Senior Bowl, but he was certainly one of the bigger ones," head coach Paul Chryst said.
Each prior accomplishment fed off the other. If his senior season, complete with his list of awards, didn't earn him a mention in the conversation of by first-round pick, the Senior Bowl performance would have helped.
Donald then went to the NFL Combine. He opened more eyes with a 4.6 in the forty, and 35 bench press reps--second-most of anyone at the Combine.
Though it's no guarantee that Donald will be a first-round pick, there are no discrepancies to say that he shouldn't be.
Another big-time performance at the Pitt Pro Day should further cement that status. Donald didn't need to improve his forty time, nor did he need to go through any other tests.
"All I did today was position drills, that was it, I retired my 40 cleats," Donald joked. "It was my choice. I know what I did (at Indianapolis). I felt like I didn't need to show them much more about what I did. Today, I just did position drills."All 32 teams were represented, including NFL head coaches Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly. Seeing Donald on Monday was simply a formality, because every other piece of pertinent information that a team would need on Donald, has been well-proven.
Donald estimates that he met with 11 teams in Indianapolis. Monday's workout was more about position drills, as Donald said, with some more interviews.
In fact, he gave a sample of one of the many interesting questions they ask in these interviews.
"I would have to say the Bengals," Donald said. "When you first go in there, they give you five words to remember. Then you start the interview. Then after the interview, they ask you what the five words were. Everything else was football. I got three out of five."
But many things, in regards to football aside from his senior year trophy case, a number of other things have popped up in interviews. For example, the fact that Donald has played nearly every position in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.
"I got experience at every position," Donald said. I played three (technique), I played five, I played defensive end, I played 3-4 with coach [Todd] Graham. I've got experience at every position. So that's a plus for me.
"Just to know that I'm versatile on the defensive line. That's going to help me out. I got experience at every position, and they can trust me at every position."
Now that the process, for the most part, is all done, Donald will continue to train. He has 12 credits to complete to get his degree.
As for being a first-rounder, or even being invited to New York for the festivities, he is fine either way. Sure, those are nice perks. But Donald is focused on the main task at hand.
"I'm not sure (about being invited to New York) yet, but I have a couple suits ready," Donald said. "When I get the invitation, that's when I'll know. I'll just have to wait on that.
"My main focus is getting with a team, doing what I gotta do. Then hopefully , have success at the next level. Hopefully I can be a great football player, just doing what I have to do."