The Browns added depth to their defensive line on Thursday night, as the team took Washington NT Danny Shelton with the 12th pick in the first round.
Shelton is a great fit for the team, here’s a scouting report on the big man.
Shelton is a massive lineman who has a lot of power at the point of attack. Not only can he bulldoze his way into the backfield, he is quick and athletic for a heavy nose tackle. Shelton can collapse the pocket quickly. He destroys single-blocks and commanded consistent double-teams. Shelton is an ideal nose tackle for a 3-4 defense. There are a lot of teams that love him.
In 2014, Shelton was one of the nation’s leaders in sacks for a defensive tackle with nine. Not only was he getting to the quarterback, but he also stuffed the run. Besides his nine sacks, Shelton had 87 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries in 2014. He battled hard against Stanford, Oregon and UCLA.
At the Senior Bowl, Shelton was phenomenal. He was a load for the offensive linemen and couldn’t be single-blocked. Shelton won in the pass-rushing one-on-ones and was excellent in the run scrimmages. That week in Mobile could push Shelton into the top 10 of the 2015 NFL Draft. He also did well at the Combine as he was impressive in the bench press and field drills.
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