Shelton Selected at 12 By Cleveland

As expected, Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton was taken by the Cleveland Browns with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, held Thursday night at the in Chicago. The 6-foot-3, 339-pound Shelton was expected to be the first of potentially three Huskies off the board in the first round.

“I’ve gone to a number of University of Washington pro days, going all the way back to Jake Locker and even Reggie Williams…and I thought there were more scouts to this workout,” Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com told Dawgman.com after seeing Shelton and the other NFL prospects at Washington’s Pro Day in early April. “There were certainly a number of prospects. But when you have three possible first round picks in Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson - and Hau’oli Kikaha is absolutely in that mix when you talk about the top 100 prospects - it’s not surprising to see this many scouts. It’s a testament to the amount of talent the University of Washington has.

And about Shelton specifically? “He’s confirmed what he was, being an incredibly athletic man for his size,” said Rang. “It was interesting to see him do some of the circle drills and things like that that they usually use for edge rushers, not necessarily for defensive tackles. A good solid workout for Danny Shelton. Because of the attire he wore (lava lava), it was a classy move on his part show off his culture and how important that is to him.

“He was one of the Washington players that was able to participate in the Senior Bowl. The scouts certainly know who he is, his talent has been obvious for years now. That’s why there was probably less workouts for him than for the other players.”

The other draft analyst we spoke to that day was Doug Farrar of SI.com, and this is what he said of Shelton and his pro prospects:

“You saw what you needed to see,” Farrar said. “He didn’t need to prove anything at this point. I don’t know if there’s anything else to say about Shelton - he’s got the cleanest tape of any draft prospect at any position in this draft. Period. End of story.

“He’s plug-and-play. He’s got a legitimate shot to have a Vince Wilfork-level impact in the NFL. If we’re splitting hairs, would I like to see a little more burst? Maybe. I have him going 7 to the (Chicago) Bears. In a Vic Fangio system, if he plays the Justin Smith role where he’s stunting outside and the end is stunting inside…he can play straight over the nose, he can play the 1 tech shade, he can play 4i…what the Seahawks did with Red Bryant. You get him with a creative coach and he’s going to wreak havoc for a long time.

“Two or three guys are incredibly (draft) safe, in a good way. Shelton is lock and load. Here he is, he’s got five Pro Bowls in the next seven years - pick him and move on.”


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