Photo of Rushel Shell

Combine Results

5.1 ?
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 227LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Shell had big expectations as a five-star recruit heading to Pitt in 2012, coming off a high school All-American career where he set the Pennsylvania state record with 9,078 yards and 110 touchdowns. After one season with the Panthers (141-641, four TDs rushing; 9-103 receiving), Shell decided to transfer. He was prevented from going with Todd Graham, who left Pitt for Arizona State, and then committed to UCLA. But at the last minute Shell wanted to stay close to home to be around his young twin daughters. Once new head coach Paul Chryst stated Shell would not be welcomed back, Shell moved on to West Virginia. He redshirted in 2013, and then led the Mountaineers in rushing (176-788, seven TDs), contributed as a receiver (21-140) while starting eight of 12 games played. Shell only started three games in 2015 (161-708, eight TDs rushing; 16-101 receiving) and only suited up for 10 games as a senior (113-514, five TDs rushing; 12-100 receiving) while fighting an ankle injury.



Plus athleticism for his size. Powerful build through his trunk, but hips are flexible and fluid. Has the feet to string together jukes and cuts to make multiple defenders miss near the line of scrimmage. Decisive with a see-and-go mentality and burst between the tackles. Intelligent runner who processes reads quickly while on the move. Has instincts and athletic ability to alter run path suddenly when it's called for. Has good ankle flexion and is able to make wide cuts away from angle tackles. Powerful lower half provides him balance and allows for greater contact balance. Able to absorb a blow and maintain his track. Able to make defenders miss in space on swing passes. Workload was moderate in college and there should still be plenty of tread left on the tires.


Will decelerate when gathering to deliver a second level blow. Let's his pad level rise when making cutbacks. Needs to keep run path downhill on second level and fight urge to bounce it outside against NFL speed. Had an issue with focus drops this season in passing game. Missed time due to concussion and ankle injury this season. Has dealt with some maturity issues in the past. Needs to work on connection rate and angles of his chip blocks. Can get antsy and lose his mirroring in pass protection.

Draft Projection


NFL Comparison

Juwan Thompson

Bottom Line

The thick, compact frame says "power runner" but the reality is that Shell has the athleticism to make defenders miss in tight quarters and burst to get through traffic and onto the second level. Shell has posted consistent, but unspectacular numbers over his four years, but the tape shows a player who can run with adequate power, wiggle and quickness. Shell could become a quality NFL backup or committee running back.
-Lanze Zierlein
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