One man's trash is another man's treasure. Blah blah effing blah, I know. But seriously, that cliche is what the New England Patriots do. If you want to win the offseason, go right ahead with that utterly overrated bullshit. Congrats, Browns, you're winning the part of football that doesn't matter. Last year, it was the Bills, the Bucs and the Jags who "won" the offseason. What did it get them? Not a Super Bowl? Oh okay, I thought so. Granted, neither did the Patriots in either regard. But Bill's middle name is Low Risk, High Reward and here's a classic example. Now if you read The Vacation's piece on The Browns' GM wheelin' and dealin' like Ric Flair after a title defense and all night bender, they pretty much made all the right moves. Except they gave a man with potential to the talent whisperers...for a conditional draft pick.
Shelton has had a lackluster career since being drafted 12th overall in 2015. It was well...average. He's had a combined 128 tackles and just 1.5 sacks in his 3 seasons so far. Let's look at that all through a different lense though: He was in Cleveland. The guy was a MONSTER in college while playing at Washington especially his last year in 2014 with 17 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks at defensive tackle. He is 6' 2" 340 pounds. A living wall. And by wall, I mean that in the sense he is slower than a geriatric Sunday driver in a snowstorm. Granted. But for New England's purposes, they don't need speed at DT they just need someone to take on double teams...this is your dude.
The Patriots have seen increasing growth (also literally) and success from Malcom Brown, who was drafted 20 spots after Shelton. The Texas alum is only slightly smaller than Shelton but can penetrate the backfield like an unneutered hound during mating season. Enter Danny Shelton to that tandem. Brown, Larry Guy, Trey Flowers and either Rivers or some veteran DE FA signing comes in for cleanup. The Patriots found previous and recent success with a left-for-dead Alan Branch, Tommy Kelly, and hell they even got impressive seasons out of undrafted FAs of Siliga and Chris Jones who have gone back into the shadows since leaving. The past season for the Pats, since Branch was injured or not a "team fit," mostly had rugrats and practice squad castoffs filling in the hole of the second DT. Now the former champs have a real piece to use. The NFL once again gave the league's MacGyver a motherfucking paperclip. And he's about to pants you with it.