Brandon Shell redshirted as a true freshman at South Carolina in 2011, then started 47 of 51 games for the Gamecocks – including every game in each of the past three seasons – in the next four seasons.
Shell is the great-nephew of NFL Hall-of-Famer Art Shell, and now he is awaiting his turn in the NFL.
Gridironnow's Amanda Borges looks at the pros and cons of Shell as an NFL draft prospect.
Shell (6 feet 5, 324) certainly has the size of an NFL tackle, and that he was a four-year starter at tackle in the SEC is a selling point. He started for three seasons as the Gamecocks' right tackle, then moved to the left side as a senior. He has long arms along with power and strength. He is at his best as a run blocker, and can get to the second level to clear space. He also was one of the more athletic offensive lineman at the combine, with good marks in the vertical jump (30.5 inches) and broad jump (9 feet, 4 inches).
Shell has some work to do as a pass blocker; he needs to refine his technique, both with his feet and his hands. While he started at left tackle as a senior, he does not project at all on that side in the NFL; he seems strictly a right tackle at the next level.
His size and experience, as well as his run-blocking ability, mean he should get drafted on the third day While he has work to do, there is an upside.
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