The Dallas Cowboys believe they came away from the draft with a big-time steal in Devin Street, the wide receiver out of Pittsburgh. Street was taken by the Cowboys in the fifth round, but had him graded as high as a third rounder.
“Very, very accomplished route runner, great hands, great length,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “If anything, needs to work on some of the strength a little bit. Other than that, he’s played in a [pro-style] system, he knows the route tree. It will be easy for him coming in.”
To be sure, Street comes to Dallas with some skins. At 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, he owns Pitt’s all-time receptions record with 202, and finished last season with 51 catches for 854 yards and seven touchdowns. Part of his slide down the board, which allowed Dallas to grab him, could be attributed to the fact that he’s coming off a shoulder injury.
“It doesn’t matter where you get picked; it only matters what you do when you get here,” wide receivers coach Derek Dooley told Street after he was drafted. “Get your ass ready. You’re going to get down here quickly and we’re going to go to work, and you’re going to put it on all those teams that passed you up. You see all them receivers that went ahead of you? All right, don’t ever forget it, you hear me? And that needs to motivate you every day.”
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