Texans signed No. 69 overall pick Nathaniel Dell to a four-year contract.
Dell enters 2023 with little guaranteed in Houston, but plenty of possibility on a depth chart where no one has really stepped forward as a big target. The C.J. Stroud "asking the team to draft Dell" narrative probably helps Dell's case, but the Texans could work him in behind the scenes as Robert Woods, Nico Collins, Noah Brown, and John Metchie III all have a chance to post real playing time this year as well. Dell's a speculative WR4-5 in deeper leagues for now, but there is real upside.
Texans WR Nathaniel "Tank" Dell said C.J. Stroud asked the team to take him in the 2023 draft.
The Texans drafted Dell out of Houston with the 69th pick in the draft, a day after the Texans made Stroud the second pick, behind only Bryce Young. Dell said he and Stroud gelled at the NFL Combine in February, with Stroud complimenting Dell's route running ability. "Tell them to come get me," Dell told Stroud after the QB was drafted. The undersized Dell, who had 29 receiving scores in his final two collegiate seasons, is expected to be the Texans slot receiver this season. Over the last two seasons, Dell ranked fifth in the FBS in yards after the catch (1,148) and led all receivers in explosive receptions (68). Without much target competition, Dell could be a sneaky PPR selection in redraft formats.