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Cleveland Browns want a lighter Danny Shelton for 2016

Danny Shelton, the big defensive tackle of the Cleveland Browns, weighed in around 340 lbs when he entered the 2014 draft. Even at that weig


Danny Shelton, the big defensive tackle of the Cleveland Browns, weighed in around 340 lbs when he entered the 2014 draft. Even at that weight Shelton could keep up with the high-paced college offenses and be a useful contributor against the pass. But in the modern, more athletic NFL the traditional massive 3-4 nose tackle is starting to become a waste in the pass-happy NFL. During last season Shelton was reportedly playing at the 365 lbs mark. That extra weight started to rob Shelton of some of the explosiveness and drive that made him ok against the pass in college and made him a monster against the run. Shelton managed just 48.3% of the defensive snaps. Compare that to the elite level big boys and it’s far from ideal for a 12th overall pick. Fletcher Cox (81%), Dontari Poe (69.8%) and Marcel Dareus (69.2%) can all make an impact against the pass and thus they play more. Cleveland need that from Sheldon. As a result this off-season has been one of weight shedding for Shelton. He is reportedly down 30 pounds as the Browns gear up for training camp and it’s something the coaches are keen for him to maintain. “He can do so many more things at the weight he’s at right now and the condition he’s in,” defensive line coach Robert Nunn said “So he’s got to keep that and time will tell. He’s the one that controls that. I can help him only so much […]. I think he sees the difference of where he was and where he can be.” If Cleveland can get the Shelton they expected to have on draft day it would instantly make their defense better. he would help draw pressure off the edge rushers on the pass and free up defensive coordinator Ray Horton to get creative with his inside linebackers.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Cleveland Browns want a lighter Danny Shelton for 2016

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