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Danny Shelton | Defensive Tackle

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

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Washington DT Danny Shelton No. 14 overall in the class but cautions that he isn't scheme versatile.
"Shelton is really a pure nose tackle," McShay wrote. "He commands double-teams with his size and strength." This is one reason we aren't as high on Shelton as others. Another is that while Shelton is obnoxiously compared to Haloti Ngata, the prospect shares only his size, not the freaky athleticism. Josh Norris ranks Shelton as the No. 27 prospect in the class. Apr 16 - 7:07 PM

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Washington DT Danny Shelton is a perfect fit for the Bears at No. 7, says NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

"At No. 7, when you talk about a great fit, Danny Shelton was made to play the nose tackle in that defense," Jeremiah said. "He would be a perfect, perfect fit." Jeremiah might like the fit, but many of his colleagues with mock drafts do not have Shelton landing with the Bears. "The Bears could very well be open for business at No. 7 with a wide receiver," Charles Davis said. "That wouldn't surprise us at all in order to pair somebody with Alshon Jeffrey, something they had with Brandon Marshall, and would allow them to get Jay Cutler back on the beam."
Apr 13 - 9:29 PM

Two out of three CBS draft analysts mock Washington DT Danny Shelton to the Browns with one of their two first-round picks, and Frank Cooney sees the Huskie as a perfect fit in Cleveland.

And wouldn't you know it, but Shelton is just returning from a weekend trip to Cleveland. All the dots line up, as Cooney writes: "Shelton is a two-gapping nose tackle who is NFL ready and can start from day one in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme. He rarely came off the field in college and will benefit from fewer snaps once he gets to the NFL." The Browns currently sit at Nos. 12 and 19 overall. Dane Brugler has them taking Shelton at No. 12 and Pete Prisco has them doing so at 19. "Shelton won't have the same type of production in the NFL like he did at Washington, but he should be a long-term anchor for a three-man front," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 9:42 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton visited with Cleveland over the weekend.

Per CBS Sports' Rob Rang, Shelton looked great in pro day drills on Thursday and wore a traditional Polynesian lava lava "skirt" during the workout. We aren't as high on Shelton as others, though we do grade him as a late first-rounder (No. 27). Shelton is often compared to Haloti Ngata, but he shares only size with the former Ravens star, not the freaky athleticism that comes with it.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 6 - 1:15 PM

Evaluators outside the NFL are inflating the evaluation of Washington DT Danny Shelton compared to the opinions many teams share, according to Tony Pauline.

"The love for Shelton in the outside world is not shared by decision-makers in war rooms, who feel he's a bit one-dimensional in his game," Pauline writes. We have been saying the same for quite sometime, but without citing the NFL's opinion. Shelton's Senior Bowl performance has been inflated, and he is not even close to the athlete many are comparing him to (Poe and Ngata). Shelton will have the most impact in a rotation and best when defending running plays. That is not to say he is a liability in the passing game, but sub-package rushers will be more effective. Josh Norris ranks Shelton as the No. 27 prospect in this draft.
Apr 5 - 8:53 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl compares Washington DT Danny Shelton to Brandon Williams and disagrees with the prospect's ubiquitous comparisons to Haloti Ngata.

"Ngata was a freak athlete coming out of Oregon in 2005," Weidl wrote. "When I watch Shelton on tape, I see more of Brandon Williams, who has developed into an excellent starter along the Ravens' interior front line. Shelton is a wide load like Williams and shows similar power and heavy hands at the point of attack. In addition, like Williams he is light on his feet and has adequate lateral range for a 340-pound interior defensive lineman." John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group compared Shelton to Dan Williams and Louis Nix, in addition to Ngata. "Shelton has a comparable physical profile to Williams and Nix, with similar height/weight/arm length measurements," Parolin wrote. While Ngata was about the same size as Shelton coming out, the former ran a 5.16 40 versus Shelton's 5.64 (to be fair, they had the same 20-yard shuttle time and almost identical 3-come times).
Apr 4 - 6:56 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton is scheduled to visit the Browns prior to the draft, according to Aaron Wilson.

Many have linked Shelton to the Browns during the process. Phil Taylor is on the final year of his deal, so the fit makes sense from that perspective. Many believe Shelton can help on all three downs, including upfield disruption. We aren't so sure.
Mar 31 - 1:56 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Washington NT Danny Shelton as the class' No. 3 DL.

"With his thick frame and powerful upper body, Shelton has moments where he can dominate at the point of attack," Zierlein wrote. "He was forced to chase sideline to sideline due to the nature of Pac-12 offenses, but when he faced downhill competition like Stanford, he stepped up. Shelton is an above-average interior pass rusher for a man his size, thanks to his surprising athleticism." The analyst compares him to Vince Wilfork. "He is a fit in a two-gap scheme and could benefit from playing fewer snaps than he was forced to play at Washington," Zierlein wrote. "He has an All-Pro ceiling, but must show a greater consistency of effort." Shelton is one of the three safest prospects in the draft class, his colleagues at NFL Media recently decided.
Mar 25 - 1:57 AM

Washington NT Danny Shelton is one of the three safest prospects in the draft class, believes NFL Media.

"For what he'll be asked to do -- hold his ground against double teams and control two gaps when single-blocked -- NFL scouts have little doubt he will be a quick success," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "The offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl had more than enough trouble with Shelton, and there are no off-field concerns with the 340-pounder, either." Reports on Shelton are almost universally positive, but we did get a rare negative dispatch today, with an NFC area scout warning that the huge tackle backs down against tough, stout blockers. We think that might be natural wearing down.
Mar 19 - 9:11 PM

An NFC area scout believes Washington NT Danny Shelton's effectiveness wanes against tough, stout blockers.

"Shelton is a bully," the scout said. "If you let him walk all over you early in the game, he's going to keep doing it. But watch how he kind of fades into the background when he goes up against guys who stand up to him. I want to see him show up all the time." We'd like to propose alternate causality, as insinuating a mental weakness is simultaneously unfair to a player who's never shown signs of one and impossible to prove or disprove. We suggest that what the scout is observing on film is very probably Shelton wearing down physically at the end of games in which he faces off against elite competition. The 6-foot-2 1/8, 339-pound tank has a good motor and produces jaw-dropping stats for a player that size, but it's impossible for a 340-pound mammal of any kind to move at 100-percent efficiency for 60 minutes while it's being battered continuously by another warm-blooded vertebrate just as big.
Mar 19 - 5:41 PM's Frank Cooney noted that "every square inch of [Washington DT Danny Shelton's] square body is tough -- his legs, arms and especially those rock-hard and lead-heavy hands."

"Hitch that mass to a great motor and you have a constant terror for offensive linemen," Cooney wrote. "Shelton has toughness that will hold up in the NFL, which he proved on the field and in how he coped with tragedy as a high school senior when he saw two older brothers shot to death." Shelton posted a tremendous 9.5 sacks and 89 tackles last season, though he projects as more immovable interior object than havoc wreaker at the next level. When asked what he needed to improve moving into the pros, Shelton said: "Probably my get-off, attacking aggressively upfield."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 15 - 8:52 PM

Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar wrote that he hasn't "seen better overall tape from any player in this draft class" than that of Washington DT Danny Shelton.

Shelton, "despite the fact that he was double-teamed on nearly every one of the snaps he took," posted nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss while playing over 80 percent of Washington's defensive snaps in 2014. "Shelton can destroy pockets, he'll use his surprisingly quick feet to get past blockers and he works very well from multiple gaps," Farrar wrote. "I don't think there's an NFL team that wouldn't benefit tremendously from Shelton's addition, and in my opinion, there isn't a player in this draft with more overall value ... once you take the quarterback value equation off the board. And once his NFL team teaches him a wider array of hand moves, Shelton will be absolutely lethal."
Feb 26 - 10:16 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Washington DT Danny Shelton moves as well as Green Bay's B.J. Raji.

Shelton himself patterns his game after Baltimore's Haloti Ngata. The 6-foot-2 1/8, 339-pounder posted 93 tackles, nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in 2014. "True nose tackle," another scout said. "Big body. Big noses go (early)." Shelton posted a sluggish 5.64 40 time at the combine. "I don't care. ... He is so rare with his strength and his power,"'s Daniel Jeremiah said. "The guy has a motor, and he has a gas tank."
Feb 24 - 2:29 AM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah called Washington DT Danny Shelton "a Day 1 starter."

The 6-foot-2 1/8, 339-pound Shelton posted 93 tackles, nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in 2014, "crazy numbers for a nose tackle," said analyst Mike Mayock. "He tosses human beings for fun," Jeremiah said. Shelton posted a sluggish 5.64 40 time. "I don't care. ... He is so rare with his strength and his power," Jeremiah said. "The guy has a motor, and he has a gas tank."
Feb 23 - 1:30 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Texans "are not happy" with Louis Nix and will target a NT in the draft.

Picking at 16, the Texans aren't likely to be lucky enough to have Washington's Danny Shelton fall into their laps, but a slight fall by the big fella might spur Houston's brass into moving up a few slots to grab him. lists QB, WR and OT as the Texans' top three needs. A more realistic scenario has them taking the top available receiver or offensive lineman at No. 16 -- a player such as WR DeVante Parker (Louisville) or OTs Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) or La'el Collins (LSU) -- and waiting to draft a clogger until later.
Feb 22 - 10:16 PM