The New York Jets made a surprising move by trading a 2017 4th round pick to move up into the 5th round for South Carolina offensive lineman Brandon Shell. It is worth remembering the Jets are likely to receive 3-4 compensatory picks next season, giving them a little more flexibility to move picks from 2017. Shell should help address an aging and thin offensive line.
Shell is a 6 foot 5, 324 pound offensive tackle who is the nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell. He started 48 games for South Carolina, including three years at right tackle before moving over to left tackle as a senior. Most scouting reports are skeptical about his ability to protect the blind side at this level but for the Jets he immediately puts an intriguing talent behind average at best right tackle Breno Giacomini.The Jets have not had much luck yet with mid round offensive lineman (Dakota Dozier, William Campbell, Jarvis Harrison, Oday Aboushi) but they will hope that Harrison, taken last year and Shell can develop into quality depth options at a minimum. It is surprising to see the Jets aggressively move up at this point of the draft, so clearly they valued Shell at the 4th or early 5th round level and didn’t expect to see him still on the board. They currently still have two 7th round picks to utilize this year and as of now project to having roughly 9 total picks in 2017 (pending their compensatory additions).
You can read a little more on Shell right here. As of now, he will push Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana to be the top backup tackle on the Jets roster.
Brandon Shell’s pass-blocking efficiency against Power-5 opposition was the third-best mark among OTs in the 2016 draft class. #JetsDraft
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 30, 2016
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