AFC North: Five Rookies the Bengals Must Watch Out For

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Jan 2, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Danny Shelton (55) attempts to listen to Oklahoma State Cowboys players in the huddle during a time out in the 2015 Cactus Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Oklahoma State defeated Washington 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NT Danny Shelton, Cleveland Browns

When you think of a team drafting a player because of their division opponents, Shelton fits that narrative.  In a division with running backs Le’Veon Bell, Jeremy Hill, and Justin Forrsett, the best run stuffer in the draft was drafted to literally plug up the running lanes for the number 32 run defense. At 6’2″, 340 pounds Shelton was somehow all over the place for the Washington Huskies and was ultra productive for a defensive tackle with 93 tackles, 16 of which went for a loss.  Shelton isn’t going to score touchdowns or get a bunch of sacks, but his impact will be felt when the Bengals are trying to pound the middle of the Browns defense.

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