The former 12th overall pick gets a practice session
The Las Vegas Raiders could be looking for a nose tackle to add to their rotation. Maybe former 2015 first-round pick (12th overall) Danny Shelton is the answer.
Do the Raiders need another defensive tackle?
Right now, the Raiders are making a good load of defensive tackles in training camp. Johnathan Hankins, Bilal Nichols, Andrew Billings and Kyle Peko are all competing for playing time. Plus, you also have this year’s draft picks Matthew Butler and Neil Farrell Jr. rounding out the group. However, Shelton played for current Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham last season in New York. Playing in Graham’s system, Shelton appeared in 13 games, recording a tackle for a loss, 12 solo tackles and a half sack.
Originally a first-round pick for the Cleveland Browns, Shelton never really got things done, which is disappointing from a statistical standpoint. In three years, Shelton has posted just 1.5 sacks and seven QB hits. His best individual season came with the New England Patriots in 2019. That season, Shelton thrived with the Pats, recording career highs across the board: three sacks, 61 total sacks and six hits QB.
His familiarity not only with Graham but also with the new Raiders brass was highlighted by Pro Football Talk as well.
“Shelton came into the league with the Browns in 2015. But Cleveland traded him to New England in 2018. This allows him to become familiar with general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels, as they were all with the Patriots at the time.”
At the time of this publication, Shelton has not been signed. It was merely a practice session, but it will be worth watching this week. The Raiders are set to take on the Minnesota Vikings this weekend in Vegas, so maybe Shelton will get a live shot on the court for the Silver and Black.
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