Prediction: Elite player who will be selected before Saints pick at 13. But if he is on the board, this is the New Orleans Saints pick #13.
Draft Profile of Danny Shelton
Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle
STRENGTHS: Shelton is really a nose tackle. Tough to move. Natural wide-body which helps him to anchor. Very thick through the lower body. Coordinated and flexible despite his frame Light on his feet and plays with terrific effort in pursuit Likes to knock down passes Consistently gets his hands inside offensive linemen first. Durable and tenacious player. Typically doubled teamed.
“Shelton is a bully. If you let him walk all over you early in the game, he’s going to keep doing it. But watch how he kind of fades into the background when he goes up against guys who stand up to him. I want to see him show up all the time.” — NFC area scout
WEAKNESSES: Not much in the way of a repertoire in spin, etc. moves. His pad level can rise as he tires. Can get knocked off the line of scrimmage when double-teamers coordinate their efforts and don’t allow a split. Plays best in the phone booth. Can tire easily when moving away from the line of scrimmage. Arm length less than ideal.
NFL COMPARISON: Vince Wilfork and Haloti Ngata
The above is a composite of several draft reports on this prospect. Our sources were CBSSports, NFL, Mike Detillier, Mike Loyko and OurLads.