Dallas Cowboys 7-round mock draft: The need for speed

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player. Pick Analysis. WIDE RECEIVER. Houston. Tank Dell. 58. 123. Scouting Report

This is what the Dallas Cowboys love doing. Sit and let the talent fall to them. And just like in the first round, the Cowboys see a player whose stock is highly volatile fall right in their lap.

Nathaniel “Tank” Dell is a first round talent. He has first round speed, route running ability, catches smoothly, makes people miss, all of it. You could argue he’s even tougher to bring down after contact than other top WRs in this class.

That won’t matter if teams are worried about his size.

Tank Dell was one of the most exciting players at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. His production and tape at Houston show he can run a full route tree and not be just a gadget player. But despite all of that he still weighed in at 163lbs and that will scare teams in the early rounds.

It’s not exactly the fit the Dallas Cowboys look for, but sometimes you have to throw the fit out the window and believe that the player can play. If Mike McCarthy is indeed going to replace Kellen Moore’s stick routes with slants and flats then they’ll find none better than Tank Dell to complete that task.

Not to mention the Dallas Cowboys ranked near the bottom of the league in WR speed. Dell absolutely moves that needle. He won’t put up huge numbers on the bench press by any means, but it will be exciting to see what Dell’s running and jumping numbers come out to be at the NFL Combine.

Dell put up outstanding numbers in his final two seasons with the Cougars. Going for a combined 2727 yards, 29 touchdowns on 199 receptions in 27 games. So really, the size is about the only thing missing from Dell’s game, causing him to slide. The Dallas Cowboys won’t mind. They’ve not drafted two of the most explosive players possible and have filled two big needs.