2015 NFL Draft Profile: DT Danny Shelton, Washington


Danny Shelton is having himself a good week at the Senior Bowl, and is drawing comparisons to the Baltimore Ravens’ Haloti Ngata. Shelton, just like Ngata, have a rare combination of incredible quickness and athleticism with great size and power. Shelton is an unmovable 6’2″ 339 pound defensive tackle.

Shelton had an incredible senior season with the Washington Huskies. He was in on 88 tackles, 52 of which were solo tackles. Shelton also had 9 sacks. This production seemingly came out of nowhere, in his junior year he only was in on 36 tackles and 2 sacks. With a strong showing in Senior Bowl practices, it is likely that he has become a top 10 prospect.

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  • Incredible Size
  • Unmovable Object
  • Possibly the Strongest Defensive Lineman
  • Lateral Quickness and Overall Explosion Off the Ball
  • Good Bull Rush
  • High Motor


  • Only 1 Dominant Year in College Career
  • Primarily a Bull Rusher, Needs To Add to the Pass Rushing Repertoire

Draft Projection:

Shelton will undoubtedly be a first-round selection. He is a nose guard or a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. In the 4-3 he would most likely play the 1 technique role (Over the inside eyeball of the guard). Interior defensive linemen taken inside the top 10 are a rarity.

Ngata, the player he most compares to was taken with the 12th selection of the 2006 NFL Draft. 3-4 teams may value him more as a scheme fit because of his ability to play a 2 gapping technique.

Why The New York Giants Should Draft Him:

There is no doubt that Shelton would help the Giants defensive front out. The Giants were awful against the run last season. In a NFC East Division that features DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Alfred Morris, a run stuffer may be just what the doctor ordered. Shelton is not the sexy pick but the smart pick. He is not the pass rusher the Giants want to add on the outside but he is a dominating nose guard.

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