Shelly possesses very good size the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. Flashes good playing strength and it appears his frame is capable of supporting additional bulk over time. Moves through traffic flashing sideline to sideline range.
Instincts/Take On Skills
Displays good key and diagnosis reaction skills when defending against the run. Plays out of both a two- and three-point stance on and off the line of scrimmage, but can improved his initial first step when playing from a three-point stance. Shows quick hands and flashes the playing strength to take on and defeat blockers at the point of attack. Take-on leverage and shed can be improved upon.
A secure tackler who must learn to bring his legs, explode through ball carriers and limit yards after contact.
3rd Down Capabilities
Needs to gain experience as a coverage defender and is primarily deployed as a pass rusher. Flashes edge quickness combined with quick hands. Will need to develop a repertoire of moves. We like his relentless backside pursuit effort when chasing down the quarterback.
Shelly could be an imposing physical player once bulk is added to his frame. We feel some time and perhaps a redshirt year will be necessary to develop coverage skills while also improving his run stopping technique.