It did not take long for Chiefs fans to notice defensive tackle Danny Shelton. The former Washington Huskie is a mountain of a man, standing at 6’2″ and weighing 345 pounds.
Shelton is yet another former first-round reclamation project by Chiefs general manager Brett Veach. The Cleveland Browns selected Shelton 12th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Shelton was fresh off a nine-sack season at Washington, earning first-team All-American honors.
Across his career, Shelton has played in 100 games for four different teams. While he has not found a long-term home, Shelton has a clear value and role in Kansas City. His size and power force opposing offensive lines to double-team him, opening gaps for linebackers or giving other linemen more one-on-one opportunities. At least that is how Shelton fits from this point of view.
The Chiefs’ failure to utilize Shelton so far is puzzling. Their rush defense was bad in 2022, and the defensive line is riddled with injuries. After defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton’s injury ended his season prematurely, Shelton was a common-sense replacement. However, Shelton remains on the practice squad.
Shelton should be added to the 53-man roster after more players return from injury and the roster is more stable. He would give defensive tackle Chris Jones more favorable matchups and provide an instant boost to the Chiefs’ run defense. The fit is there; pull the trigger.