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Danny Shelton | Defensive Tackle

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

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NFL media analyst Mike Mayock notes that he puts Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "in the category with a Vince Wilfork"
"If you have a top-10 pick, the thing you have to ask yourself is will he consistently have an ability, when you go to sub-packages, to push the pocket," Mayock said on NFL Network. "I think he does. I would put him in the category with a Vince Wilfork." The 6-foot-2, 343-pound Shelton is fast becoming one of this class' most intriguing eye-of-the-beholder prospect. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class, while an AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick. Jan 29 - 3:38 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Washington senior DT Danny Shelton explains his athleticism as having the "mentality of being a skinnier kid in a big body."

"Ever since I was young, I thought of myself as a defensive back trying to be like Troy Polamalu," Shelton said. "I tried mirroring some of the defensive skill players, just trying to mirror their footwork when I was little. I’ve always had this mentality of being a skinnier kid in a big body." The 6-foot-2, 343-pound Shelton has been compared favorably to Baltimore All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Shelton recorded 93 tackles, which ranked second on Huskies defense. Shelton was ranked 14th in the nation with 16.5 tackles for loss, and recorded nine sacks, with five fumble recoveries in 2014. The Washington Huskies prospect is a favorite to be the first Senior Bowl player selected.
Jan 29 - 2:16 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "definitely emerged as a top-10 pick" at the Senior Bowl, wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper bumped Shelton from No. 13 to No. 7 overall on his newest Big Board. "He got winded at times but did well in Mobile following a phenomenal year," Kiper wrote. "Pretty amazing that he nearly led the Huskies in tackles this season. Shelton isn't 'quick,' but he moves pretty well for a huge man (330-plus pounds) and is something of a clogger-plus, because his lateral agility is impressive. A massive defensive tackle with some ability to disrupt into the backfield, he has good instincts in his ability to find the ball. Has definitely emerged as a top-10 pick." Most analysts now do indeed rank Shelton in the top 10.
Jan 28 - 8:54 PM

CBS Sports's Dane Brugler believes Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "is the prevailing favorite to be the first player drafted from the Senior Bowl rosters."

"Shelton entered the week with a good amount of hype and he lived up to the expectations, showing off rare movement skills for a 343-pound body," Brugler wrote. "He also has the upper body power to match, but got away with bullying blockers in college and needs to develop his hand technique for the next level." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him No. 7, and colleague Todd McShay ranks him No. 9. An AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week, meanwhile, that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick. Either way, we agree he's the favorite to be the first Senior Bowl player selected.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 6:27 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "earned rave reviews for his lateral movement and ability to shed blocks," noted The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"Massive two-gap linemen who can stuff the run up the middle are a rare commodity in the Draft," Rybaltowski wrote. "At 6ft 2in and 343lbs, Shelton has been compared favorably to Baltimore All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. In one-on-one drills, he flawlessly executed a hump move patented by late, great Reggie White to defeat opposing linemen. Come April, Shelton could be the first defensive tackle off the board." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect and ESPN's Todd McShay ranks him as the No. 9 prospect. An AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week, meanwhile, that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick.
Jan 26 - 7:59 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "did nothing to dissuade [people who think he'll be a top 10 pick] with his performance in practices" at the Senior Bowl.

"He's a big man at 6-2, 343, but he has better feet and stamina than you might think," Davis wrote. "Shelton is not just a sit-in-the-middle nose tackle. I think he can be a three-down defensive lineman at the next level -- he played against a lot of up-tempo offenses in the Pac-12 and he didn't come off the field much. Shelton reminds me of Casey Hampton early in his career with the Steelers." Davis' NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah ranks Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect. Shelton is one of this class' most intriguing eye-of-the-beholder prospect. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class, while an AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 12:16 AM

Scout's Inc. wrote that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "is so tough to move off the ball against the run and can really control the middle."

"He's never going to be a high-volume sack guy, but he pushed the pocket Wednesday, which is what you want out of him at the next level. He's still a top-10 guy on our board," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect and McShay ranks him as the No. 9 prospect. An AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week, meanwhile, that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick.
Jan 24 - 4:48 PM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton told ESPN's James Walker that he fist pumped on the scale earlier this week at the Senior Bowl because he had ballooned to 360 in early January.

Shelton stepped the scales Tuesday and weighed in at 342 pounds. "I’ve been training really hard," Shelton said. "I’m on a nutritional diet and so it’s looking good for me." Shelton looks like no worse than a top-15 pick at the moment. "[Shelton] was hard to move in the middle and did a good job shedding blockers [in practices]," Walker wrote. "He showed very good strength and moved well to the football in team and individual drills."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 9:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Washington senior DT Danny Shelton as the class' No. 5 prospect.

Shelton is fast becoming one of this class' most intriguing eye-of-the-beholder prospect. Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Shelton as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class, while some teams have probably already decided that they won't be taking the big fella in the first round. For instance, an AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com earlier this week that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick. "Shelton is an ideal 3-4 nose tackle," Jeremiah wrote. "He has an enormous lower half and he effortlessly holds the point of attack versus double teams. He continually stacks and tosses single blocks to the ground, and has surprisingly good lateral range for his size. He is also effective in the passing game because of his ability to create steady movement with his bull rush as well as sneaky quickness to work the edge of his opponent. His effort is phenomenal from snap to whistle, and he makes plays in pursuit in the fourth quarter of the games I studied."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 5:07 PM

An AFC assistant general manager said he doesn't believe Washington senior DT Danny Shelton is a top-10 pick.

"I don't think Danny Shelton is a top-10 pick," the assistant GM told NFL.com. Just why is that the case? We kick it to the NFL Media crew of Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein, Chase Goodbread and Bryan Fischer: "Despite the glowing reports media pundits have put on Shelton, there are some NFL executives worried about his impact potential at the next level as a nose tackle. While the scout is impressed with Shelton's ability to control the point of attack as a classic nose tackle, he doesn't see the position flexibility or pass-rush skills that would make the Washington star a dynamic playmaker as a pro. He compares Shelton to former Pro Bowl NT Casey Hampton -- a spectacular run-stopper but not a guy that you envision being a dominant pass rusher in the middle of the line. Given the premium evaluators place on players capable of impacting the passing game, Shelton's value could dip a bit as the draft nears."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 7:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that it's "important for [Washington senior DT Danny Shelton] to show scouts [at the Senior Bowl] that he is more than a 'two-down' player to secure his spot as the top defensive tackle in the class."

"Despite the recent emphasis on the passing game in the NFL, defensive coordinators still build their respective game plans around stopping the run," Brooks wrote. "Thus, there is a lot of intrigue surrounding Shelton's potential as a disruptive force in the middle. The 6-foot-2, 339-pounder is a dominant run defender as a stout nose tackle, but evaluators want to see if he offers anything as a pass rusher at the point of attack." The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder recorded 93 tackles, led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9) this past season. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Shelton to Haloti Ngata. The big fella has also been compared to Alameda Ta'amu.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 11:08 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that he's "not sure I've ever scouted a nose tackle who makes more plays outside the hashmarks" than Washington senior DT Danny Shelton.

"Although some evaluators are undecided on his ideal NFL role, he has impressive power and foot quickness for a player his size and I'm not sure I've ever scouted a nose tackle who makes more plays outside the hashmarks," Brugler wrote. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Shelton to Haloti Ngata. The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). He also had 93 tackles as a DT.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 11:24 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Washington senior DT Danny Shelton to Haloti Ngata.

"He reminds me of Haloti Ngata. If he takes care of business between now and May 1st, I think he's a top 10 pick," said Mayock. "When you put the tape on, he's quick. He gets up and down the line of scrimmage and plays forever at 350 pounds." Shelton is one of the headliners of this week's Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). That's not all: Shelton tallied an incredible 93 tackles as a DT.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 7:51 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Washington senior DT Danny Shelton is "not tough to find ... on tape" and that Shelton's "lower half is HUGE!!"

We pass this along because Shelton's trunk will be discussed in scouting circles like Nicki Minaj's is in male circles. An NFL scout told the Seattle Times earlier this week that Shelton is "a first-round lock now." The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, and was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9). "He’s a massive dude," the scout said. "And he’s not just a square, can’t-move dude. He can run and he’s physical and he can move. It’s mind-blowing how easy it looks for him. He was just toying with people at times."
Jan 6 - 3:38 PM

An NFL scout said Washington senior DT Danny Shelton went from "We should probably take a look at this guy" in the summer "to a first-round lock now."

"He’s a massive dude," the scout said. "And he’s not just a square, can’t-move dude. He can run and he’s physical and he can move. It’s mind-blowing how easy it looks for him. He was just toying with people at times." The 6-foot-2, 332-pounder led the nation in fumble recoveries with five. Shelton, a USA Today first-team All-American, was also amongst the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9).
Jan 5 - 8:15 PM