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Danny Shelton | Defensive Tackle

Team: Washington Huskies
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 327

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An NFC West scout said Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "really scares me."
"He really scares me because he has major talent, but I also wonder if he's on his best behavior because it's a contract year for him," the scout said. "What happens when he signs his contract?" The 6-foot-2, 332-pound Shelton is amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). "Scouts are concerned with Shelton's personality and work ethic," noted NFL.com. "More than one scout has said the previous coaching staff at Washington had issues with Shelton's surliness and selfishness. Shelton's weight has to be monitored in the pros, and he could stand to play with more consistent power, but big nose tackles who can cave pockets and pursue running backs from sideline to sideline are rare. Shelton's tape will ultimately tell the tale, but if there are worries about his character or work ethic, it could cost him spots in the draft." Dec 18 - 12:16 AM
Source: NFL.com

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Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Washington senior DT Danny Shelton as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

Shelton "does an excellent job of occupying blocks (he demands double-teams), and he's a better athlete than most nose tackles, with the quickness and strength to make plays versus the run," according to McShay. Many will rank Shelton highly, believing he can be a difference maker upfield as well as stuffing the run at the line of scrimmage. Teams will need to determine if he is more than just a run defender, since you can find those in any draft.
Source: ESPN
Dec 11 - 12:30 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Shelton is amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). ESPN's Todd McShay wrote last week that Shelton "has gone from a third-round grade to being right in the middle of the first-round discussion." The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder is also considered a potential first-rounder by former NFL Scout John Middlekauff.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 2 - 11:10 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "has gone from a third-round grade to being right in the middle of the first-round discussion."

In the opinion of the analyst, Shelton is the draft's biggest DT riser. "A massive (6-2, 339) nose tackle prospect, Shelton isn't just strong at the point of attack; the senior has quickness to get off blocks and make plays," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder is also considered a potential first-rounder by former NFL Scout John Middlekauff.
Nov 27 - 1:37 PM

Former NFL Scout John Middlekauff believes Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "has potential to be a round one player."

"A player who has really opened eyes this year -- he just needs to continue to consistently dominate and put it on tape. He has potential to be a round one player -- his measurements (arm length/height/weight), Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine performances will go a long way to solidify his stock," Middlekauf writes. The 6-foot-2, 332-pound "is not as good of a prospect as Dontari Poe, who went top 15, but is better than 2014 Senior Bowler Justin Elllis, who went in the third round," according to Middlekauff.
Nov 5 - 2:30 PM

ESPN.com's Todd McShay said that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton was a "better athlete than most nose tackles with his body type."

McShay noted that while Shelton's 6-foot-2, 332-pound frame might be on the shorter side for his position, he still has the "quickness and strength to make plays against the run" and demands double teams because of his ability to occupy blocks. While McShay sees him as a potential first or second rounder, Shelton "will need to finish the season out strong and answer any questions that come up during the draft process related to his weight, conditioning, work ethic and long-term durability" in order to maximize his stock.
Oct 29 - 5:28 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "is a 2nd round type of player, who fits in the NFL as a NT or 1-technique DT in any scheme."

"For me, Shelton is a 2nd round type of player, who fits in the NFL as a NT or 1-technique DT in any scheme. But it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he ends up first round due to the "planet theory" (only so many guys on the planet with that size and athletic ability)," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 327-pound Shelton "has the upper body strength to bully blockers and rip through blocks, but he does need to show the same intensity on each snap," according to Brugler.
Oct 17 - 4:22 PM

NFL scouts have been "raving" about Washington senior DT Danny Shelton all season, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Scouts have been raving about Shelton all season and the senior did not disappoint during the loss to Stanford," Pauline wrote. "He finished with seven tackles, recovered one fumble and was relentless in his pursuit of the action all game. After five games this season Shelton leads the Husky defense in total tackles (46), tackles for loss (10) as well as sacks (7). In the midst of a career season, Shelton’s playmaking skill has elevated his draft stock." Shelton is a massive 6-foot-1, 327-pounder who many peg as a two-gapping run stuffer up front. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and Rotoworld's Josh Norris believe his outstanding production thus far has been a little fluky.
Sep 30 - 9:35 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton's "2014 production has been impressive, although it's also somewhat misleading and he's unlikely to keep up this pace," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"In 27 starts entering the year, he had just 2.5 career sacks so Shelton's 2014 production (7 sacks) has been impressive, although it's also somewhat misleading and he's unlikely to keep up this pace," Brugler wrote. Brugler adds that the Huskies' prospect tends to rely "too much on his upper body strength at times and needs to continue and develop his leverage and technique," but he believes scouts still "like his combination of power to two-gap and range to work all over the line of scrimmage." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been persistent that Shelton's seven sacks this season are an aberration.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 25 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to initially overstating Washington senior DT Danny Shelton's "ability to move and get up the field."

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been persistent that Shelton's six sacks this season are an aberration, and it seems like Kiper agrees once watching the film. Shelton ranks as Kiper's No. 22 overall prospect.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 12:14 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss, including six sacks, during the first two games of the season.

Shelton is a massive 6'1/327 lbs defensive tackle who many pegged as a two-gapping run stuffer up front. However, these numbers suggest Shelton can make an impact in the opponents' backfield. We have yet to watch the games against Hawaii and Eastern Washington, but the Huskies' defense is loaded despite giving up a combined 68 points.
Source: NCAA
Sep 8 - 11:04 AM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton is "a classic two-gap run-plugger," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Shelton has been awarded honorable mention all-conference honors two straight years, spiking his production from 11 tackles to 45 to 59 over the past three. "Shelton has the brute strength to bull-rush opponents into the backfield but has just phone-booth quickness, which allows ball-carriers to squirt free, resulting in 'just' 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to this point," Rang wrote. "Shelton's game is based on his size and power but he cannot allow his weight to get out of control." The 6-foot-1, 327-pound defensive lineman doesn't quit and moves well for someone his size, but he'll have to start turning down desert if he values his NFL Draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 29 - 2:03 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton is "a powerful dude," according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Weidl adds Shelton has an active motor and moves well for someone his size. There was a chance Shelton would declare for the 2014 draft, but he returned to anchor a talented Washington defense.
May 20 - 11:28 AM

Washington junior DT Danny Shelton will return to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-1, 327-pound defensive lineman finished with 52 total tackles, 30 solo tackles, and two sacks in 12 regular season games. Shelton may have gone as high as the second round, but he'll attempt to improve his draft stock while earning a degree in 2014.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 09:38:00 PM