Photo of Brandon Shell
Drafted By: Jets

Combine Results

Grade
5.22 ?
  • 5.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Shell plays with "grown man" strength in the run game and helps address a line with questions on it. Pass protection isn't a strength but he's functional enough there to earn some spot starts if needed next year. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 3/4" Arm Length
  • 324LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/4" Hands

Overview

Yes, Brandon is the great nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Shell. But it wouldn't matter if he was instead a relative of early television-era star Art Carney ... he simply looks like an NFL tackle with a pro build and long limbs. He may be best at right tackle, a spot which he held down for three years, but he did flash athleticism to pass protect on the left side when he took over the blind side spot as a senior. Either way, if you want a strong run blocker (he will take smaller defenders 10 yards downfield once locked on) who can reach second-level defenders as well, then Shell's your man.


Pro Day Results


Short shuttle: 4.62 seconds
3-cone: 7.62 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Tall with exceptional length. Uses long arms to help him snare sudden inside pass rush moves and redirect edge speed past the pocket. Doesn’t have great footwork for directional change, but finds way to get it done. Patient and relatively accurate on his climbs up to linebackers off of combination blocks. Uses wide frame to his advantage against linebackers. Tape shows natural power and core strength. Functional base blocker in run game but will stalemate more than he wins. Has been a starting SEC tackle for almost entire time at South Carolina.

Weaknesses

Starts with a sound kick­slide, but immediately resorts to a hurried shuffle to try and catch up with edge rusher. Penalties come for rocking pre­-snap for fear of being beaten. Plays with disconnect between hands and feet. Outside foot deadens as he begins to work shoot initial punch in pass pro. More chaser than controlled protector. Too sluggish out of stance to consistently handle stunts inside. Needs better hand placement. Hand strength unimpressive. Doesn’t possess body control of NFL starter.

Draft Projection

Round 6

Bottom Line

Shell doesn’t have the feet to play left tackle and doesn’t bend well enough to generate consistent leverage and push as a guard inside. With that said, he has size and length and a four-year starting history in a challenging conference. Add everything up, and Shell looks to be a third day selection as a right tackle only. He may be an eventual starter, but is better­ suited as a backup.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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