Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys were able to get a deal done for the 5th round pick, wide receiver Devin Street. The rookie out of Pittsburgh tied himself down to a four year deal. Street stands at 6-2, 198 lbs and hopes to become the Cowboys third option at wide receiver behind Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. While the details of his deal haven’t been disclosed, last year’s 146th pick received a four-year, $2.35 million deal so he should fit somewhere near that range.
At Pitt, Street finished his career with as their all-time leading pass catcher with 202 receptions, and third all time in receiving yards with 2,901. Despite battling through two injuries his senior year, which arguably hurt his draft stock, he was still named third team All-ACC.
Street has a great shot at landing a spot as the third WR on the Cowboy’s roster. In the 2013 season, it was more of a job by committee by Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris and the always hobbled Miles Austin. Some may argue in the pass-happy offense that defines the Cowboys offense, Jason Witten is their third option at WR, but for sake of context let’s look at solely the wide receivers.
Last year Beasley, Harris and Austin combined for 72 catches for 692 yards and 4 touchdowns. Beasley led the group with 39 catches and it is safe to assume nearly all of those came out of the slot. Harris only had 9 receptions, but was able to convert two of those for touchdowns. With the departure of Austin to Cleveland, there will be plenty more available snaps in the slot.
While Beasley and Harris strictly followed the role of slot because of their size, Street’s size height gives him the ability to work both inside and out. If Street is able to develop as quickly as the Cowboys need him to, quarterback Tony Romo could have three options at WR all standing at 6-2. Having such a large receiver core could pose huge matchup problems for most defenses, as the average height for cornerback in the NFL is 5-10.
By signing Street to a four year deal, it shows the Cowboys’ staff has either has faith that he can be a mainstay on the roster for the foreseeable future, or they need him to be to develop and become their No.2 WR after Dez’s contract runs out.