INDIANAPOLIS — Players like Vince Wilfork don’t come around very often.
The New England Patriots nose tackle is 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, can play 70 percent of defensive snaps and move all the way from nose tackle to defensive end. There’s a similar player in the 2015 NFL draft, and the Patriots have shown interest in the first-round prospect.
The Patriots held an informal interview with Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton on Friday night at the NFL Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound defensive tackle showed positional versatility with the Huskies while recording 93 tackles, nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. He also showed impressive stamina, playing 874 snaps in the middle of the Huskies’ defense in 2014.
An AFC scout compared Shelton to Wilfork, and called the Washington product’s game “unbelievable.” Shelton currently projects as a top 15 pick, so the Patriots might need to trade up to select him in the draft.
Shelton wasn’t the only Huskies prospect that the Patriots met with. Check out the other Patriots’ Day 4 interviews:
Washington cornerback Marcus Peters
Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson
Virginia defensive end Eli Harold
Alabama safety Landon Collins
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