Los Angeles Rams rookie defensive tackle Braden Fiske, selected No. 39 in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft by LA general manager Les Snead, is coming out of Florida State. According to Forbes’ DJ Siddiqi, he’s preparing for the challenge of replacing 10-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald at the position.

“Big shoes to fill – we’re talking about the greatest of all time. I’ve said it countless times – he’s the GOAT,” Fiske called Donald during a conversation with Siddiqi. “I feel that way about him and we’ve had little conversations – it’s been cool. It is what it is. I don’t think you can ever replace the GOAT that I have to go out there and do what I do.”

Last season, Fiske did what he does best: tally 43 total tackles (17 solo, 26 assists) and six sacks, helping the Seminoles to an overall record of 13-1.

“I’ve got to be myself,” Fiske noted of the impact he can make by replacing Donald. “I’ve got to build my own legacy and I’m looking forward to that. I don’t feel like I’m really filling any shoes, but I’ve got to create my own shoes. That’s kind of it. I’m just excited to be a part of it and I know that’s always going to be the equation of who’s going to fill their shoes, but somebody’s got to do it.”