A case against Browns taking Nathaniel Dell
Nathaniel “Tank” Dell has been discussed recently for the Cleveland Browns but he’s not someone that’s going to be on their radar
Right now, the Cleveland Browns need to find some depth at wide receiver. They’re fine with their top two players as Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones each had a great campaign in 2022. They also know David Njoku will continue to put up some solid numbers.
The problem is, they don’t have much depth and any missed time from the aforementioned players can be devastating for the offense. That’s why it makes sense that receivers are being discussed ad nauseam for Cleveland in the 2023 NFL Draft.
However, one player that seems to be gaining traction as a possible fit is Nathaniel Dell from Houston. While it feels like a fit at first glance, it’s not.
Tank Dell was excellent in his final season with the Cougars, hauling in 109 receptions for 1,398 yards with 17 touchdowns. He showed elite speed and athleticism and then went off in the Senior Bowl, elevating his stock even higher.
While all of that is excellent, he’s never going to be on Andrew Berry’s draft board for one main reason — his age. Dell will be 24 during his rookie season and Cleveland’s general manager isn’t going to use any substantial draft picks on older rookies, especially at the wide receiver position.
If we wanted to look at other reasons to pass, Dell is also just 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with a small catch radius.
Perhaps he will find an excellent fit in the NFL and break off some highlight-reel plays. But that’s not going to be in Cleveland.