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Quick Analysis: 2015 defensive end Shelton Johnson

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Taking a look at what the three-star defensive end signee brings to the Wolverines.

Michigan ended up with two defensive ends in their 2015 recruiting class in Reuben Jones (Lakeland, Florida) and Shelton Johnson (Delray Beach, Florida).

We already took a look at what Jones brings to the table. Now it's Johnson's turn.

Johnson was a signing day surprise of sorts for the Wolverines, as they were able to beat out Florida State for his pledge. The Seminoles seemed like the favorite heading into his announcement, but he obviously ended up signing with Michigan.

At 6-5, 220 pounds, Johnson has a good frame and will continue to add bulk in time. This will improve as his body continues to develop in the next few years. He shows a good burst off the snap and engages well, but obviously added strength will help him improve in that department at the college level.

He shows active, violent hands and also does a good job chasing down ballcarriers from the back side. While he's not the strongest player yet, Johnson shows the ability to transfer his speed off the snap to pack a powerful punch when engaging blockers.

Johnson fits the mold of what Michigan will look to do on defense, as he's a physical player and has a fantastic motor, much like his defensive end counterpart in this class in Jones.

I'm not sure if early playing time is in the question for Johnson, but it all depends on how much bulk he is able to add before fall camp. With that being said, he should be a good piece to the rotation in time for the Wolverines.