With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Danny Shelton
Position: 3-4 Nose Tackle, 4-3 Defensive Tackle
Weight: 339 Pounds
College: University of Washington
2015 Stats: 93 Tackles, 16.5 Tackles for Loss, 9 Sacks, 3 QB Hurries, 2 Fumble Recoveries
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Danny Shelton’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Shelton.
Pros: Shelton is one of the strongest prospects in this year’s draft and he has surprising short area quickness as well. He has a lethal bull rush move and has proven himself as both an elite run stopper and a very talented pass rusher. He is very coordinated and flexible and does a great job dealing with double teams. He has good field awareness and has succeeded in batting down many passes at the line of scrimmage. Has been a starter for three seasons and is experienced going up against NFL quality offensive linemen
Cons: Does not possess a true pass rushing move as he relies on his bull rush to create pressure. He plays high at times which causes him to be pushed off the ball. Has weight problems and he often balloons his weight. Effort is not there on every play
Our Take: Shelton is a very good defensive tackle prospect in that he is both a pass rusher and a run stopper. If he gets a consistent motor and can keep his weight in check, he can become a very good defensive tackle in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme although he needs to improve his technique to become a more consistent player. If he can do that, there is no reason he cannot become a dominant player in the NFL.
Final Grade: 93 Out of 100
Shelton has very high upside and will likely be picked in the top 12 picks come April. He has the upside and potential to become a phenomenal dual threat defensive tackle, although he likely won’t be as effective of a pass rusher in the NFL as he was in college. If he can work on refining his technique he should be a contributor fairly early in his career.
Possible Draft Spots: I see Shelton shooting up draft boards and it makes sense. Some possible landing spots for him are the Raiders at 4, the Bears at 7, Falcons at 8, Giants at 9, Vikings at 11, and Browns at 12. This is the reason I do not see him falling out of the top 12 because so many teams in the top 12 need a defensive tackle and need to improve their run defense.
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