The Cleveland Browns select Danny Shelton with the 12th pick in the NFL Draft

The Cleveland Browns select Danny Shelton with the 12th pick in the NFL Draft
Browns pick Danny Shelton reacts to selection (Source: WOIO)
Browns pick Danny Shelton reacts to selection (Source: WOIO)


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from Washington with the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Browns GM Ray Farmer issued a statement tonight about acquiring Shelton:

"Danny Shelton, obviously a big kid with size. Here's a young man who played upwards of 90 to 100 snaps out there in the PAC-12. He showed some ability to rush the passer, can play lateral and down the line of scrimmage. Definitely is a guy who I like to refer to as a guy who requires four hands, where he's going to require more than one guy to pay attention to him. I love his temperament. I love how he played. I love that this kid is a smart kid, high GPA – high school and college. The guy is a football player. We're excited about the fact that we're going to add a guy that helps us solidify the middle of our defense and make us better up front."

Farmer also commented on whether Shelton is a two-down or three-down player:

"I see him as a guy that can potentially play three downs. I know he is going to help us to get to third and long. The question is do we have better rushers than him? Potentially. I think that we probably do have some guys that are better rushers, but I don't think this guy is a void of playing three downs. I think there is a possibility he does play all three downs."

Shelton in his four seasons with Washington he has a total of 197 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Shelton was named First-team All Pac 12 in 2014, where he was a force at nose tackle with 93 tackles, good for second on the team, and had nine sacks.

Shelton is not only great on the field, he's great in the classroom, where he was named First-team Academic All-Pac 12 three times (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2014, Shelton led the nation in fumble recoveries with 5. Shelton's big frame crowds the line of scrimmage and maintains good positioning against double teams. He can dominate the run game with his strength and athleticism, Shelton has the ability to shed tackles and swat cut blocks. Shelton also gets his hands inside the offensive lineman first on a consistent basis. 

The Browns have a need on the defensive front with Jabaal Sheard and Athyba Rubin leaving in the offseason. The Browns will look to fill that need in the draft, a lot of draft analyst project Shelton being one of the selections for the Browns on Thursday night.

Shelton's combine results:

  • 5.64 seconds on 40-yard dash
  • 30.5 inch vertical jump
  • 4.65 seconds on 20-yard short shuttle
  • 7.99 seconds on three-cone drill
  • 34 reps on bench press (225 lbs), tied for second best among his position

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