Browns Draft News: Cleveland Targeting Washington DT Danny Shelton?

The Cleveland Browns have several holes to fill in the draft, but they may fill one of their bigger needs (literally and figuratively) with Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton.

The 6'2", 339-pounder has been linked to the Browns at the No. 12 spot in several mock drafts, and he'd drastically improve Cleveland's NFL-worst rushing defenses.

According to, Shelton is someone that defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil highly covets:

The Browns ranked last in the NFL in rush defense with an average of 141.6 allowed per game. On three occasions, Cleveland surrendered more than 200 yards in a single game. In a recent interview on Cleveland Browns Daily, defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil vowed the Browns would earn the right to rush the passer by improving their run defense. A big step in the right direction would start with shoring up the middle of the defensive line, and Shelton fits the bill as one of the draft’s best run-stopping defensive tackles. The massive nose guard was not only at the center of the Huskies’ tough run defense, but also piled up unusually big numbers for a nose guard (16.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks). Behind USC’s Leonard Williams, Shelton is considered one of the best interior defensive linemen in the 2015 class.

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