Former First Round Pick Traded To Patriots

Lynette Rowe
March 12, 2018

Updated via @FieldYates and me: Browns trade Danny Shelton and a 5th round pick in "18 for the Patriots" 3rd l-round pick in "19". Schefter reports that the defending AFC champions not only pick up the three-year defender but an undisclosed choice in this April's draft.

With free agency almost here, the Patriots made a decision to strengthen their front seven with the acquisition of defensive tackle Danny Shelton from the Browns.

On Friday, he sent shockwaves across the National Football League with three major deals, acquiring quarterback Tyrod Taylor from Buffalo, wide receiver Jarvis Landry from Miami and cornerback Damarious Randall from Green Bay.

The Browns cannot announce any of the trades until the new league year commences Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Shelton will provide depth for the Patriots' defensive tackle position that includes Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy. The trade gives Shelton new scenery under head coach Bill Belichick that will help him re-establish his career.

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The Browns played a 3-4 defense under former head coach Mike Pettine when Shelton was drafted. Shelton is known for being a run stuffer in the middle of the defensive line than being a pass rusher.

Cleveland switched from a 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3 last season, and Shelton was not playing over the center as in the past.

Although Shelton never became a superstar in Cleveland, he was a full-time starter during his three seasons with the team. In the six regular season games that Shelton has already played in against the Steelers he has registered just 10 total tackles.

Shelton will fill in nicely for the Patriots on early downs, as he should be a good replacement for Alan Branch.

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