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.