Texans draft 'explosive' WR-KR Tank Dell

The Texans have drafted speedy University of Houston wide receiver Tank Dell, per a league source.

Dell should provide a boost to the return game and as a skilled slot receiver for offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik.

They selected him 69th overall after a trade up, sending the 73rd and 161st overall picks to the Los Angeles Rams for the 69th pick and the 191st pick

“My nickname should be explosive,” Dell said after being picked by the hometown Texans. “All I do is make explosive plays. I’m here to make explosive plays in this offense for Bobby Slowik. They’re getting a dog. I have a winning spirit.”

Dell visited the Texans and was scouted individually at his campus Pro Day workout by general manager Nick Caserio and special teams coordinator Frank Ross.

“I prayed for this,” Dell said. “I wanted to be here. I even sent a message to them on Instagram. It’s just a blessing to be here.”

He also visited the Cleveland Browns and worked out privately for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.

Dell has run the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds.

Although undersized, he has outstanding hands, quickness, route-running skills and is a dangerous returner.

Now, he’ll play with Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud.

“He knows how to win, I’m coming here to help him realize his dreams,” Dell said. “Me and him are going to work for sure. I’m ready to go to work tonight.”

The Alabama A&M and Independence Community College transfer caught 90 passes for 1,329 yards and 212 touchdowns in 2021.

Dell (5-foot-8 3/8, 165 pounds) has called himself “the best wide receiver in the draft.”

Dell said he has a “chip on his shoulder,” and has something to prove.

He even has written down every wide receivers’ name drafted above him.

Dell, a two-time all-conference selection, caught 109 passes for a nation-high 1,398 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He finished second in the nation in catches.

The Daytona Beach, Florida native originally committed to Florida International University.

“I helped Houston get back to its winning days,” Dell said. “I’m ready to do the same here.”

Aaron Wilson is a contributor to Sports Talk 790.

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