After Tech’s top wide receiver in 2017 was taken by the Houston Texans, we saw the Red Raiders’ second best option be drafted a couple rounds later by another Red Raider. Former Texas Tech player Anthony Lynn, the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, selected Cantrell in the sixth round. This is a team we thought could draft Cantrell. This is from our preview last month:
Another team is the Los Angeles Chargers or San Francisco 49ers. Both teams have pretty good quarterbacks at the helm in 2017 and didn’t score much in the red zone. And Chargers aren’t likely to draft another tight end after taking Hunter Henry a couple years ago.
For Cantrell, this is a chance to make a roster. We weren’t sure if he would be drafted, but he gets a shot in the sixth round. He gets put in an organization that was done a good job with receivers and tight end, with some of the most underrated guys in the league with Los Angeles
For the Chargers, the wide receiver core is pretty deep with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams among others. However, they don’t really have a red zone threat. They were near in the bottom of the league in converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns, where they ranked 28th in the league at 46.81%. Antonio Gates is almost done with career and Hunter Henry is young, so they may want another option for Phillip Rivers.
Congrats to Cantrell!
With the No. 191 overall selection in the sixth round, the Chargers take Texas Tech WR Dylan Cantrell. At 6-3 and 226 pounds, Cantrell is another big-bodied target for Philip Rivers.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) April 28, 2018
The Los Angeles Chargers add another wide receiver in Dylan Cantrell from Texas Tech, who forced 21 missed tackles on 149 career receptions
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 28, 2018
— ChargersCountry (@ChargersCountry) April 28, 2018
"Big body wideout who knows how to use his size (and is a) ball magnet as pass catcher."
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 28, 2018
Of all the days, Dylan Cantrell says his phone just stopped working.
The Chargers had to call his mom, who came running out to put him on the phone. 😂😂
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) April 28, 2018