After starting four years at South Carolina, tackle Brandon Shell has made it to the NFL. Shell was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Shell has NFL pedigree in his bloodstream. He is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Art Shell. He started 47 games for the Gamecocks primarily as a right tackle. He shifted to the left side during his senior season. The Jets traded a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Washington Redskins to move up in the draft and take Shell.
The 6-foot-5, 324-pound prospect possesses ideal size for an NFL lineman with nearly 35-inch arms. He was one of the top performers at the NFL combine in the broad jump drill, leaping 112 inches. He possesses solid strength, but has to work on his technique in both run and pass blocking.
Many scouts believe Shell is best suited to play right tackle, but he doesn’t have the footwork to play the left side and doesn’t win with leverage enough to play on the inside. With some coaching, he could develop into a reliable starting right tackle.
Shell could find a spot along the Jets offensive line as a rookie. The Jets currently have Breno Giacomini at right tackle and he could be a cap casualty. Shell also could slot in at right guard in place of Brian Winters.