By Matthew Postins
Meet Devin Street, the Cowboys’ Fifth-Round Pick
The Dallas Cowboys selected Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street with their fifth-round (No. 146 overall) selection on Saturday afternoon. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot-3, 198 pounds
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Street as the No. 147 overall prospect and the No. 22 draft prospect at wide receiver. CBSSports.com graded him as a fourth- or fifth-round grade.
The skinny: Street became the all-time top pass catcher in Pitt history when he hauled in nine receptions at Navy on Oct. 26, surpassing Latef Grim (178 catches from 1998-2000) for the top spot. Street now has 202 career receptions – the first Pitt player to reach the 200-catch milestone – and ranks third all-time at Pitt with 2,901 career receiving yards. He needs 161 yards to surpass the Panthers’ career leader, Antonio Bryant, who had 3,061 yards from 1999-2001.
Street’s 51 catches for 854 yards ranked him sixth in receptions per game (5.1) and fourth in receiving yards per game (85.4). Boyd and Street finished the regular-season as the top duo in the ACC as they were the only pair of teammates to rank in the ACC’s Top 6 in both receiving yards per game and receptions per game.
What Cowboys are getting: The type of player that could step in and see time as a rookie, which is hard to find in the fifth round. The Cowboys gave up the No. 158 and No. 229 picks to move up to get him. Scouts like his experience, the fact that he played in a pro-style offense at Pitt and his hands, which are considered some of the softest in the draft. He comes in physically mature as a senior, though some scouts would like to see him bulk up just a bit. He’s considered a strong route runner. Scouts are concerned about his ability to handle press coverage, which he’ll see more of in the NFL. Plus he had a run-in with the law in 2012 when he was charged with simple assault for punching a student.
Postins’ Take: I felt the Cowboys had to get another wide receiver and it looks like the Cowboys might have gotten a solid value here. Street’s length and overall skill set translates well on the outside or the inside, so there’s some flexibility there. I like his overall speed and the fact that he’s considered an accomplished route runner, which means he should pick up the Cowboys’ basic offensive concepts quickly. He immediately slips into a No. 5 receiver role with Dallas and can challenge to share time with Dwayne Harris – the Cowboys’ chief return man – at the No. 4 spot. Considering Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Harris can hit free agency in 2015, this is a sound value pick for the Cowboys and a player who has the potential to outplay his draft position by the end of this first contract.
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