Danny Shelton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Washington DT Danny Shelton at the 2015 NFL combine. (Getty)

Washington DT Danny Shelton at the 2015 NFL combine. (Getty)

Defensive tackle – a key component that can get overlooked in NFL Draft talk. But make no mistake, this is a name to get familiar with. And while rumors loom about the Chicago Bears being this DT’s next home, he could be just what a certain Ohio team needs to succeed.

It’s former Washington Huskie Danny Shelton, and here’s what you need to know:


1. He Made School History by Earning an Honor for the First Time Since 1991

Washington DT Danny Shelton. (Getty)

Washington DT Danny Shelton. (Getty)

Following the 2014 season, Shelton became the first Huskie since 1991 to earn first-team Academic All-American honors. On the gridiron, he led the nation in fumble recoveries with five, had 16 tackles for loss and finished second on the team with 93 tackles. Shelton was also named First-Team Academic All-Pac-12, First-Team All-Pac-12 and First-Team AP All-American.

In 2013 and 2012, Shelton was first-team Academic All-Pac-12.

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2. He’s Was a Three-Sport Athlete in High School

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At Auburn Senior High School in Auburn, Washington, Shelton was named first-team all-state as a senior as both an offensive and defensive lineman.

But the 6-foot-2, 339-pound Samoan DT didn’t just stand out on the gridiron, he also reached success as a thrower on the track and field team. He won the shot put state championship his senior year. Shelton was also considered a standout wrestler.


3. He’s Projected by ESPN to Go in the First Round

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According to ESPN, Shelton is projected to go as the 12th pick in the first round.

If that is the case, the northwest native would be heading to the midwest to join the Cleveland Browns organization. As Pat McManamon said:

DeVante Parker is tempting here, but this is a deep receiver group and Shelton fills an immediate need: improving the league’s worst run defense. Shelton is the Haloti Ngata they never had. The situation sets up ideally for the Browns, who wind up with the best available player at a position of need.


4. He Escaped Death

Washington DT Danny Shelton at the 2015 NFL combine. (Getty)

Washington DT Danny Shelton at the 2015 NFL combine. (Getty)

In May 2011, Shelton’s oldest brother Gaston was jumped by several men. He called his two brothers Shennon and Danny to help him go after the main attacker, Olenthis Woods, according to The Olympian.

Woods armed himself with a Walther PPK 9mm pistol he bought on the street a week prior. When he approached the door the three brothers were heading towards he shot at Gaston and hit him in the chest. When he fell to the ground, Shennon, who was a middle school football and basketball coach at Cascade Middle School, lunged at Woods. Woods shot Shennon in the head – an injury that would eventually take his life shortly after.

As a response Shelton threw a chair at Woods and despite being fired at, Shelton was able to grab the gun and start beating Woods in the face repeatedly with it.

Although Shelton has kept to himself over the past couple years about this incident, he recently opened up to the media about it – something you can hear in the Bleacher Report video.


5. He Has a Two-Dog Family With His Girlfriend Maria Mariano

Shelton is dating Maria Mariano. The couple has two dogs that he talks about like a “proud papa,” according to The Seattle Times. The dogs are Juicy the husky and Moni the pit bull.

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