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NFL Draft Profile: Brandon Shell

After starting at tackle the past 4 years, Brandon Shell is ready to take his game to the NFL.

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College Career In Review:

Brandon Shell arrived to South Carolina a highly recruited offensive lineman out of Goose Creek, SC. He held many offers from around the country from many highly touted programs but decided to stay home and play for South Carolina. The nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell, Brandon redshirted his first season at Carolina but became a starter at RT in 2012 earning Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-American honors. Over the next three years since 2012, Shell would start 47 consecutive games until his career end in 2015.

Strengths:

The biggest strength of Brandon Shell is his size. At 6'6'' / 328lbs, Shell provides excellent length that allows him to keep defenders out in front of him. His core power and leverage will need work in the NFL, along with his aggressiveness, but as far as intangibles go, hes a prototypical tackle the NFL is looking for. Starting 47 consecutive games while playing in the SEC is impressive and will not go unnoticed by NFL organizations.

Weaknesses:

Often times slow off the ball. Smaller, quicker pass rushers have given him troubles in the past. His size gives him an inability to get great leverage on his defenders. Overall doesn't do one thing great, but doesn't do anything terrible either. Has to improve his entire game as a whole.

What They're Saying:

From NFL.com

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

Draft Projection:

Brandon Shell's size alone is intriguing to NFL organizations. Add in that he shares the same bloodline with a NFL Hall of Famer, Shell should very likely find his name getting called in the later rounds and possibly could jump to a mid-round pick if a specific organization likes what they see. As mentioned, he possesses the body of a prototypical tackle in the NFL. Nobody should expect Shell to become an instant starter, but he could find himself working into a backup role for somebody.