Wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes, but Nathaniel Dell will certainly be an outlier when he’s selected the 2023 NFL Draft. Although his nickname is “Tank,” he’s far from built like one. What he does have is elite speed, which should get him on a roster at minimum. Whether he can be more than a deep threat comes down to whether his size will hold up against NFL DBs.
Nathaniel Dell Draft Profile
One of college football’s premier big-play threats the past two seasons, “Tank” combines excellent short-area quickness with the long speed to deliver big plays in a variety of ways.
His foot tempo is excellent, allowing him to separate against man coverage, and he has a good feel for finding soft spots against zone as well as improvising out of structure to uncover for his quarterback. He has a knack for creating and finding space with the ball in his hands, and he offers value as a return specialist as well.
Dell is extremely undersized, and he is going to be making a big leap from a Group of 5 conference to the NFL. He brings a small catch radius and will have to adjust to working through tighter spaces and more physicality at the next level. After the catch, he’s competitive but won’t be able to break tackles against NFL defenses like he did at lower levels.
He’s an outlier at his size, though Dell brings a combination of quickness and speed that should be able to get him at least a role as a gadget weapon and return specialist. Becoming a full-time starter will be a tough climb.
Final Grade: 4th/5th Round
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Publish Date:2023-04-29 05:50:46