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The hype for Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Devin Street was immediately felt the second he made his commitment to play his college football in the Steel City. In three years of on-the-field action for Pitt, Street has shown great progression stats-wise. His redshirt junior season last year saw the wideout haul in 73 passes for 975 yards and five touchdowns.
With the 2013 season being his last at the collegiate level, what are the prospects at the NFL level for the Pennsylvania native?
- That 6-foot-3 frame is at the perfect level for that of a successful NFL wide receiver.
- His timing on jump-balls is about as near to perfect as you can possibly get.
- Makes good use of catching the ball with his hands primarily, as opposed to trapping with his chest.
- Good at adjusting his routes when the QB is under duress; doesn’t give up on the play.
- Great burst off the ball to get himself into space.
- Does a good job of keeping himself in bounds for the catch when forced toward the sideline.
- Very crisp on the slant route and is able to keep himself in front of the defender.
- Fantastic at adjusting to poorly thrown balls; something he’s had to deal with throughout his career with poor QB play.
- Keeps his shoulders square out of his routes; right up until he’s about to make his cut.
- Beautiful acceleration down the sideline once past the defender.
- Eyes are on the ball at all times when in the air.
- While the height is perfect, he needs to bulk up that 192-pound frame to combat physical NFL corners.
- Post-corner routes need to become a little more fluid. NFL safeties will pick up his pre-determined tendencies easily.
- Needs to stay on his blocks downfield longer. He’s great at initially locking in, but has trouble finishing the block all the way through.
- While the route is run well, he has a tendency to take a back-step when the ball is snapped before progressing through his slant.
- Along with the size, he’s going to need to develop a more physical mentality; relies a lot on just making people miss.
- Need to see him go over the middle more. A lot of Street is toeing the sideline or streaking down the field.
- Can get sloppy with handling the ball late in the game; doesn’t have fumbling problems at this level, but can at the next if he doesn’t take care of the ball on every single play.
- Hasn’t played against top-notch competition while in the Big East.
- Needs a better, squarer break on the curl routes, yet another tendency NFL DBs will easily manipulate.
This year should tell us a lot about Street and his progression. This will be his second year in Paul Chryst‘s pro-style offense which will do wonders for seeing how he really translates to the next level. Street was able to be productive throughout his career so far in spite of the inconsistent QB play of Tino Sunseri, who is gone this year. However, this also provides the sometimes unenviable task of having to break in a new signal caller, which could ultimately be a freshman in Chad Voytik, which could be a frustrating challenge.
2014 Draft Prediction: Late Second Round
Film Watched: vs. Iowa (2011), vs. Syracuse (2011), vs Virginia Tech (2012)