Danny Shelton

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Danny Shelton
Shelton in November 2015
No. 55 Cleveland Browns
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-08-20) August 20, 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth: Auburn, Washington
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 339 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Auburn (WA)
College: Washington
NFL draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team Academic All-Pac-12 (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2014)[1]
  • First-team Academic All-American (2014)[2]
  • First-team AP All-American (2014)[3]
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Total tackles: 36
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Daniel Saileupumoni Shelton (born August 20, 1993[4]) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington.

Early years

Shelton attended Auburn Senior High School in Auburn, Washington, where he played football and competed in track and wrestling.[5] He was a four-star recruit and the 10th best defensive tackle by Rivals.com.[6] Shelton committed to play college football at the University of Washington in January 2011.[7]

He also participated in track & field as a thrower. He earned second-place finishes in both the shot put (54–3 or 16.58 m) and discus throw (155–7 or 47.50 m) at the 2010 West Central District 4A Championships.[8] As a senior, he won the state 4A shot put championship with a career-best throw of 18.31 meters (60–1).

College career

As a true freshman in 2011, he played in 13 games with one start and had 11 tackles. As a sophomore and junior in 2012 and 2013 he started every game at nose tackle for the Huskies. He recorded 45 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2012 and 59 tackles and two sacks in 2013. Shelton entered 2014 as a starter for the third straight year.[9] He recorded four sacks against Eastern Washington, which was more than he had combined the previous three seasons and the most for a Huskies player since 1989.[10] He finished the season with nine sacks. He was a member of the Huskies' track team.

Professional career

2015 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅛ in 339 lb 32 in 10¼ in 5.64 s 1.90 s 3.21 s 4.65 s 7.99 s 30½ in 7 ft 11 in 34 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Cleveland Browns

On April 30, 2015, Shelton was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 12th overall in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. When meeting with Roger Goodell at the front stage, he hugged the commissioner and lifted him off the ground in excitement. Shelton was the University of Washington's first defensive lineman selected in the first round of an NFL draft since Steve Emtman in 1992. On May 12, 2015, Shelton signed a four-year deal worth $11.7 million. [11][12] In 16 games of his rookie season, Shelton played 16 games with 36 tackles. After center Alex Mack left the team in free agency during the 2016 offseason, Shelton changed his jersey number from 71 to 55, which was previously worn by Mack.[13]


Shelton's mother is Samoan, and his father is Peruvian.[14] He often speaks with pride about his Samoan heritage and dons a lavalava, a traditional Polynesian cloth worn like a kilt or skirt.[15]


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