Nov 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Devin Street (15) runs after a pass reception against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Tar Heels won 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys high on Devin Street, gave him 3rd-rd grade

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The Dallas Cowboys traded up a bit in the fifth round of this year’s draft in order to secure Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver prospect Devin Street, who was one of my biggest sleepers in the draft this year. Tom Savage received some hype in the spring after some analysts started to rave about him, but it was interesting to see that none of the hype was kicked back to one of his two star wideouts. Street has all the tools to be a very good No. 2 WR at the next level due to solid physical tools, plenty of athletic ability, good route-running, and excellent hands. He isn’t exceptionally strong or fast, but he was productive at Pitt and has enough ability.

I thought Street was a good value in the fifth round and well-worth trading up for, and it looks like he was a bargain on the Cowboys board. The Cowboys have officially signed him to a rookie contract, and Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys organization actually had a third-round grade on Street.

They are clearly high on him, and it will be interesting to see how many targets he receives as a rookie. Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are locked in as the top two targets, so it looks like Street will be the No.3 wide receiver behind Bryant and second-year Baylor deep threat Terrance Williams, who isn’t much of a chain-mover. Slot receiver Cole Beasley is, but the Cowboys needed a possession-type receiver on the outside with some size and reliable hands. That’s why they looked into Nate Burleson and didn’t rule out re-signing Miles Austin, but Street’s youth, upside, and athleticism make him a better addition than either of those two veteran options. With this in mind, I like the Cowboys decision to pick up Street even more, and I’m sure Tony Romo is elated as the additions of Zack Martin and Street this May.

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  • JoeDaBeast

    I’m still interested how all of these weapons will be utilized, as long as they RUN THE DAMN BALL!!!!!!

    • Old Frog

      You said it…Run the damn ball!

      • Joe Soriano

        I agree, and hopefully Murray’s terrific year and statements from Jason Witten and others finally push the Cowboys to run it more. Lance Dunbar also showed some nice flashes last season, so they could get some quality contributions out of guys like him and Randle.

    • David

      I just dont see them running the ball as much as they should or could under JG. I hope he proves me wrong but its a long pathetic track record..

      • JoeDaBeast

        I’m confident that times are a changing.

        • David

          Well no offense but Ill believe it when I see it.

          • JoeDaBeast

            None taken.

  • Earl Robertson

    Running the ball this year is the key!!! Will also help this defense. However I really like this pick because that is how good teams draft you pick the best players left that way you are not reaching, I hope this new draft guru stays around for a long time

  • Bill Smith

    Everyone says “Run the ball” but Romo, Bryant and Witten are the core of this offense, nd the core says “Throw the ball”..There lies our problem.

  • Matty ice

    These guys need to have balance they may lose one yard on a running play and it’s like they pAnic and then they just go away from it and start chunking the ball around 60 times that’s not how games are won in this league you would think by now these coaches and players see that and will correct it Murray can be a 1500 plus yard back if he’s used the right way he can go… Also I like the Dunbar guy when he touches the ball look out..