With the No. 12 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected NT Danny Shelton.
The Browns had the worst-ranked run defense in the NFL last season, as their defensive line was both a disappointment and suffered several injuries. This was the highest need for the Browns this offseason in my opinion, and while the team didn't address it in free agency, they made up for it in the draft with Shelton.
When the staff at Dawgs By Nature compiled our Browns big boards, Shelton was cumulatively listed as the No. 6 player on our big boards and the top remaining available player. Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar:
A prospect of Samoan heritage, Shelton has a rare mix of quickness and power for the position, showing the range to make plays on the perimeter and the unyielding hustle to continue pursuit through the whistle. He requires double-teams due to his nimble feet and upper body strength to shock blockers, using his natural gifts well, although his arm/hand techniques are still in development. Shelton started every game at nose tackle the last three seasons, playing a large percentage of the Huskies’ defensive snaps, but is better suited for a timeshare role to sustain his intensity. He lined up everywhere on the line in college from the zero- to five-technique positions, but is ideally suited as a two-gapping nose tackle, who can fit a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme -- not on the same level as Haloti Ngata as a prospect, but deserving of top-15 consideration in this draft class.
What do you think, Browns fans?
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