Despite having one of the best receivers in the NFL in Dez Bryant and one of top young receivers in the league in Terrance Williams, the Dallas Cowboys had to add another wideout in the 2014 NFL Draft. In fact, there were even some rumors that Dallas would take a wide receiver in the first round if a premier player fell. Instead, the Cowboys waited till the fifth round to select a wide receiver. That player turned out to be Pittsburgh’s Devin Street. Many experts projected Street as a third- to fourth-round pick. That being said, the Cowboys are getting a good player at a great value.
The best thing about Street is his size. Having big-bodied receivers is becoming hot trend around the league. Street measures at 6’3″, 198 pounds. Knowing that, Street has great size for a receiver, but he needs to put on around 10-15 pounds. Putting on weight is crucial for receivers in the NFL because they need to enough muscle to get off the ball at the line of scrimmage.
Street has a great combination of long arms and soft hands. As a four-year starter at Pittsburgh, Street caught over 200 passes for over 2,900 yards and 16 touchdowns. A shoulder injury kept him out for three games last season and that could be the reason why he slipped in the draft. Another thing to remember is Pittsburgh’s offensive line in recent years has been subpar to say the least and that made it harder for Tom Savage to target Street.
By drafting Street, the Cowboys are getting a player who can bring in everything thrown his way and he can also be an impact player in the running game, much like Hines Ward was. Street is perhaps the best route-runner in this draft and he has good vertical speed, even though he is a long-strider. Street is a polished player and he is definitely NFL-ready. He will be an immediate contributor in this offense, as he will be another weapon for Tony Romo to work with.
Stay tuned for our grade on seventh-round pick Ben Gardner.