Shell’s NFL combine cut short by injury

Goose Creek native and former South Carolina standout Brandon Shell has been projected as a third-day selection in the NFL draft. (Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina)

COLUMBIA — A promising NFL scouting combine for former South Carolina offensive lineman Brandon Shell was cut short by a quadriceps injury.

The Goose Creek native and former Gamecocks standout pulled up at the very end of his 40-yard run Friday, and limped off to the side. Reached via text message in Indianapolis, Shell said the problem was “just my quad,” and not a hamstring as some originally speculated.

Shell still posted a time of 5.22 seconds in the drill, 19th-fastest among the 45 offensive linemen who took part. Shell also recorded one of the longer broad jumps among the offensive linemen at 9 feet, 4 inches, and performed 22 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press, according to

Friday was the final day of the combine for offensive linemen, who took part in interviews and physical exams earlier in the week. Shell played both left and right tackle at USC, where he made 48 career starts, and has been projected as a third-day selection in the upcoming NFL draft.

Former Gamecocks running back Brandon Wilds also took part in on-field workouts Friday, running the 40 in 4.54 seconds and recording 21 repetitions on the bench press. Former USC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper and tight end Jerell Adams are both slated to take part in workouts Saturday.