Former Husky Danny Shelton drafted No. 12 by Cleveland Browns, refers to slain brother

Nose tackle Danny Shelton #55 of the Washington Huskies looks on prior to the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on September 13, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — With the top two quarterbacks long gone, the Cleveland Browns selected Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton should help a defense that ranked last in the NFL against the run in 2014.

Much of the pre-draft speculation centered on the Browns, who also have the No. 19 overall pick, possibly moving up and to take the franchise quarterback they've coveted since their expansion rebirth.

Cleveland has started 22 quarterbacks since 1999, and the club's inability to find an elite one has kept the Browns irrelevant.

They had two picks to dangle in front of Tennessee, but once the Titans took Oregon's Marcus Mariota at No. 2, the Browns addressed one of their other big needs — a run stuffer.

Danny Shelton did the draft his way.

To celebrate his Samoan heritage, the Browns' first-round pick dressed in a maroon lava-lava — a skirt — and a white-and-maroon vest and a red lei. He explained it's the sort of outfit he'd wear to a wedding or funeral.

The big nose tackle walked on stage and hugged Goodell, then lifted him off the ground.

Four years ago, Shelton watched as his brother was shot to death during what is described as a street brawl outside of Seattle.

"I've got my brother with me here tonight," he said.