Skip to main content

Danny Shelton Taken No. 12 Overall In The 2015 NFL Draft

Former Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton was taken at No. 11 overall by the Cleveland Browns in this year's NFL Draft. He's the first Washington player to be taken in this year's draft.

">@Browns select

With the 12th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft, the @Browns select @Danny_Shelton55, DT, Washington. #ProDawgspic.twitter.com/CWzz6q5JI7

— Washington Football (@UW_Football) May 1, 2015

">@Danny_Shelton55, DT, Washington. #ProDawgspic.twitter.com/CWzz6q5JI7

— UW Football (@UW_Football)

With the 12th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft, the @Browns select @Danny_Shelton55, DT, Washington. #ProDawgspic.twitter.com/CWzz6q5JI7

— Washington Football (@UW_Football) May 1, 2015

">May 1, 2015

Shelton, who stands at 6-foot-2, 339 pounds, totaled 93 tackles this past season, adding five fumble recoveries. He's an absolute man child up front, and is widely regarded as one of the top defensive linemen in the draft. He's also an Academic All-American. In three separate games, Shelton had at least 12 tackles - Hawaii, Eastern Washington and Georgia State. 

According to NFL.com, Shelton's closest comparison is Vince Wilfork. Here's more:

With his thick frame and powerful upper body, Shelton has moments where he can dominate at the point of attack. 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.

The New Orleans Saints are now on the clock.