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Danny Shelton | Defensive Tackle

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

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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

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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," NFL.com'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."
Source: NFL.com
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. NFL.com 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

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said "I love" Washington DT Danny Shelton, and compared the player to Haloti Ngata.

"I think everybody sees that comparison. Powerful, better feet than you think, and I'm surprised at how many snaps he can play at a high level," Mayock said. The 6-foot-2, 343-pound Shelton is a top-10 prospect. "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 previously. "I think he does. I would put him in the category with a Vince Wilfork."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 11:21 AM

Washington DT Danny Shelton was selected by the Bears No. 7 overall in Todd McShay's mock draft.

Chicago might be interested in replacing Jay Cutler at quarterback, but Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were both off the board in McShay's exercise. "It's unclear what scheme new head coach John Fox and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio plan to run in Chicago -- my guess is they'll use something of a hybrid front -- but if they plan to play any 3-4, they'll need some capable bodies," McShay wrote. "Lamarr Houston and Will Sutton are best at penetrating and disrupting, and their strongest point-of-attack D-lineman, Stephen Paea, is a free agent. Shelton would provide a versatile, big body along the interior, as he commands double-teams against the run and can push the pocket as a pass-rusher. Arik Armstead is another option here, and the Bears also need help at safety and linebacker. But what will they do at the QB position?"
Feb 5 - 9:33 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton played 922 snaps in 2014, which was the second most of any FBS DT, according to Steve Palazzalo.

Palazzalo corrected the linked tweet from 874 to 922, which is good for 80 percent of the school's snaps. It surely highlights the motor of Shelton, but he would be a much more effective player with a lower snap count. We have seen this in the past with a player like Kawann Short, who was on the field for roughly 60 percent of the Panthers snaps this year. For those who watch Short and Star Lotulelei, that rotation greatly helps their impact. Not every team can afford to rotate players up front due to depth, but the best defensive fronts tend to.
Feb 5 - 12:30 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton fell to the Texans at No. 16 in Rob Rang's most recent mock draft.

"The Texans' investment in Jadeveon Clowney did not pay off in 2014, but don't be surprised when his critics quiet down once he and J.J. Watt get an opportunity to play together next season," Rang wrote. "Adding a powerful -- and passionate -- interior presence like Shelton could help turn Houston's potential into production." Analysts figure to continue arguing about Shelton's value throughout the draft process. NFL media analyst Mike Mayock puts Shelton "in the category with a Vince Wilfork," ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Shelton as the No. 9 prospect in the 2015 class, and an AFC assistant general manager told NFL.com recently that he didn't think Shelton was a top-10 pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 11:02 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 3:38 PM

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