BEREA, Ohio- Cleveland Browns rookie defensive lineman Danny Shelton is already leaving his mark at training camp. A very large mark.
Selected as the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Shelton stands at 6 foot 2 and 339 pounds.
“He’s doing a heck of a job, but he’s a rookie so he makes rookie mistakes. He still has to learn all the defenses and all of those things, but for a rookie at the point he’s at now, I think he’s doing a tremendous job,” defensive line coach Anthony Weaver said.
In the first few days of training camp, Shelton is getting a lot of practice against the first-team offensive line, including two-time Pro Bowler Alex Mack.
“It’s huge. Obviously, the quality of competition against our offensive line, you’re not going to find anything better,” Weaver said.
“Just the sheer experience, there’s no replacement for it. You can go in there, you can sit on the board, you can talk about it, you can watch film, but until you actually do it, you don’t know how he’s going to react.”
When asked about issues facing Shelton and his fellow rookie OL Xavier Cooper, head coach Mike Pettine said they were progressing as expected.
“It is just getting used to the speed of the game and having to process quickly the terminology and all those things,” Pettine said. “The physical part of it going against guys that are NFL sized and NFL caliber players. That is a big part of it. They are both where we thought they would be or a little bit ahead.”