Michigan State Senior
Good on the quick slants and short throws. Gets a decent release off the line and shows some potential as a route runner. Has good hands and adjusts to the high throw well. Has nice ball skills and comes back for underthrown passes. Is able to secure the ball before turning upfield, showing good concentration. Gives effort as a downfield blocker.
Not overly explosive or fast. Doesn't play up to his size. Struggles to make grabs in traffic and will struggle against more physical corners.
Dell plays as an outside target for Michigan State, but probably projects best as a slot guy at the next level. But he's a fairly reliable receiver that works the short field well and can move the chains. He was a productive receiver at Michigan State, starting 27 games over his career. His best year was a senior with 51 catches for 788 yards (15.5 avg) and 6 touchdowns. Missed 2 games at the beginning of his junior year with a shoulder injury. Finished career with 133 catches for 2136 yards (16.1 avg) and 12 touchdowns. Worked some as a reserve punt returner, but primarily there to fair catch the ball when Keshawn Martin was injured. Had only 4 returns for a 2.8 yard average during his career as a returner.
Dell doesn't really play as big as his size merits. But he's a guy that is more quick than fast, and is a solid, sound, reliable recevier. He's not a playmaker, and that will limit his opportunities at the next level. But in an offense that will try to spread the defense and use him in a Welker-like role, he can be a valuable player. I don't see him being a top wideout, but in the right offense he could be a guy that can give you 30-40 catches a year. He's not going to be the next Welker, but could be a player similar to Greg Camarillo in terms of his value. He's a fairly polished receiver, that I'm confident will make an NFL roster, but may have some trouble sticking long-term because teams will want bigger, faster, more athletic playmakers at wideout. But he'll add depth, and if he can prove himself on special teams in coverage, he'll add good value as a No. 4 guy, with No. 3 potential down the road.
Dell is good enough to push Douglas in the slot role. He doesn't really have more upside as a playmaker than Douglas because he's not as fast or explosive. And while he has more size, he's not that much better when in traffic. But he's got more reliable hands. I would not expect him to beat out Douglas as a rookie, but could be a nice insurance policy and No. 5 receiver for the Falcons in 2011. With more experience, he could start to push up the depth chart and eventually land as a 30-catch No. 3 guy in the Falcons offense. But he's more depth than anything that is more like a smaller version of Brian Finneran than a guy that is going to add any explosive element to the Falcons offense.
Dell should be able to make an NFL roster and is worth being drafted, but his lack of upside probably means that he's worth a nice sixth round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 2.5
Body Control: 3.0
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