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Danny Shelton | Defensive Tackle

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

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Browns' draft as an underwhelming "C+."
"The Browns got better with this class, but that was expected considering how many draft picks they had," Silva wrote. "My skepticism arises from a lack of faith in [Vince] Mayle, [Charles] Gaines, [Malcolm] Johnson, [Randall] Telfer, and [Hayes] Pullard developing into useful players, in addition to critical weaknesses remaining at quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end (even after two were taken late)." ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Browns a "B." "The Browns made a predictable and smart pick with Danny Shelton at No. 12, and I think he helps them shore up a leaky run defense immediately," Kiper wrote. "The really curious selection was Cameron Erving at No. 19. Although I agree with some that he's among the best O-lineman in the draft -- and easily the best center -- he might end up at guard right away." Sun, May 3, 2015 10:27:00 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Browns selected Washington NT Danny Shelton with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Shelton (6'2/339) made 41 career starts for Washington, compiling 24 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, and three blocked kicks. He was a consensus first-team All American as a senior. Although Shelton is commonly likened to Haloti Ngata, a more apt comparison is to run-plugging Ravens NT Brandon Williams as a two-down nose who plays with tremendous strength and can occupy multiple blockers, allowing linebackers behind him to run free and deliver jarring hits. A bully in the trenches, Shelton has the ability to rag doll smaller guards and centers. He will be an early-career difference maker versus the run. Shelton could make former first-round NT Phil Taylor and his non-guaranteed $5.477 million salary expendable.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 09:28:00 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton "has the mass and lateral quickness of Vince Wilfork with some Casey Hampton thrown in," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He manhandles blockers in front of him," Zierlein wrote. "What's the problem? Will Shelton keep himself in game shape after he gets paid? His weight can be a big issue if he's not careful. There are coaches from the former Washington staff who believe Shelton had a 'contract year' and that he was on his best behavior as he began on his path to the NFL draft." Shelton had 93 tackles, 16.5 TFL, nine sacks and five fumble recoveries in 2014. According to the analyst, some NFL teams question if Shelton can be on the field on passing downs. "If Shelton plays limited snaps due to coming off the field more than expected, it would put even more pressure on him to dominate against the run," Zierlein wrote. "If he doesn't do so, he might catch the bust label, but his ability to play with strength and quickness at the point of attack is undeniable."
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 09:25:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Washington DT Danny Shelton could potentially make the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

"Interior defensive linemen usually don't put up the big numbers that grab everyone's attention when it's time to vote players to the Pro Bowl, but people know how important the nose tackle position is in a 3-4 defense, and Shelton has the potential to be a great one as he enters the league," Davis wrote. "In a system like Vic Fangio's with the Chicago Bears, Shelton's value to the defense could get him early notice." Shelton recorded 93 tackles, 16.5 for a loss, nine sacks and five fumble recoveries in 2014. We don't think the Washington prospect's athleticism is good enough to accrue stats at a rate even close to that in the pros.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 07:52:00 PM

Washington DT Danny Shelton "likes (Haloti) Ngata," "tries to play him," and "comes pretty darn close," an anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

"True nose tackle, big body, clogs up the middle. He's a good one. He's going to go early," one scout said. We disagree with the ubiquitous Ngata comparison, as Shelton shares only his body, not his freaky athleticism. "He's the best tackle on our board," a different scout said. "He's big and strong and stops the run like the rest. But what makes him the best is he can get to the quarterback, too. I like him." A third scout concluded: "He looks like a 3-4 nose, a good 3-4 nose, but I wouldn't mind having him at tackle in a 4-3. He's just a real good player."
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 12:39:00 AM's Justin Rogers reports that Washington DT Danny Shelton had an official visit with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.

With the departure of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley via free agency, the Lions are looking for a future stud to man the middle of their defensive line. The Lions signed Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker during the off season, but Shelton could be the long term option, who could join the rotation. The Washington prospect recorded 93 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, with nine sacks and five fumble recoveries in 2014.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 03:02:00 PM

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said the College Football Focus metrics say Washington DT Danny Shelton can be more disruptive than the typical two-gap plugger.

"A lot of us [at PFF] think Shelton is closer to Leonard Williams than people think," Palazzolo said. Shelton had 47 quarterback pressures last year, CFF charting reports, well more than Eddie Goldman or Arik Armstead. One can argue that Shelton transcends the gap-plugger designation, but he isn't scheme versatile, as we'll allow ESPN's Todd McShay to explain: "Shelton is really a pure nose tackle. He commands double-teams with his size and strength."
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 10:34:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 07:07:00 PM

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."
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 09:29:00 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
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 09:42:00 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
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 01:15:00 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.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 08:53:00 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).
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 06:56:00 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.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 01:56:00 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.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 01:57:00 AM