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2015 Mock Drafts: Danny Shelton To The Redskins?

Posted Feb 24, 2015

In his latest mock draft update, FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager has Washington defensive lineman Danny Shelton going to the Redskins with No. 5-overall pick.

Each week leading up to the NFL Draft this year, Redskins.com will be bringing back its "Mock Madness," a compilation of what pundits and various media members believe the Redskins should/could do with their No. 5-overall pick.

Here's an extended look into Fox Sports' Pete Schrager's latest mock draft pick selection for the Redskins:

University of Washington’s Danny Shelton is not only a large physical specimen, but his game is projected to translate well to the NFL level.

Shelton, who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 339 pounds, is currently projected to go to the Redskins by FoxSports.com’s Peter Schrager in his latest mock draft.

A four-year player for Washington who recorded 208 tackles and 11.5 sacks, Shelton was named a 2014 first-team All-American by USA Today

He also shined against the competition in the Senior Bowl. 

“Shelton was the star of Senior Bowl week, and in a Draft light on big-boy defensive tackles, he could go as high as top 5 this April,” writes Schrager. “Shelton was a man amongst boys in Mobile, tossing centers and guards with ease, and penetrating the backfield. He had some injury issues at Washington but looked good during his senior year and interviewed well in Indianapolis.”

Shelton's NFL.com profile states that he has a “thick frame and powerful upper body,” but has the endurance as well to keep up with quicker players.

“Bends well for a big man and has ability to play with leverage. Space-eater who is able to maintain good positioning against double teams. Consistently gets his hands inside offensive linemen first. Controls, sees it and sheds to make tackles. Surprising ability to swat cut blocks and chase stretch plays laterally. Played a high percentage of Washington's defensive snaps. Has the strength and athleticism to dominate in the running game.”

As far as comparrison to a current NFL player, NFL.com has New England Patriots’ nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

Since being selected by the Patriots in the first-round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Wilfork has become one of the most dominant lineman of his era, appearing in five Pro Bowls and helping New England win two Super Bowls.

NFL.com BOTTOM LINE: 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. Shelton is an above average interior pass rusher for a man his size thanks to his surprising athleticism. He is a fit in a two-gap scheme and could benefit from playing fewer snaps than he was forced to play at Washington.

RELATED LINKS:
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Dante Fowler To The Redskins?
-- 2015 Mock Drafts: Shane Ray To The Redskins?

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