The fans of the Dallas Cowboys were probably a bit confused as the Boys’ traded up to the top of the second round, giving up their third round pick in the process. After drafting Demarcus Lawrence, it meant that the Cowboys weren’t going to be immediately addressing the wide receiver position like many people had said they needed to.
The great news for both the Cowboys and their fans though, is that they did address the need for a wide out, and did so in a later round with an excellent pick.
The Cowboys decided to trade up in the fifth round to make sure that they didn’t miss out on the receiver they had been watching from the word go. This player was wide out Devin Street from the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Many people are just going to look at a wide receiver drafted in the fifth round and not make much of it. However, you can tell just by the conversation that Street and wide receivers’ coach Derek Dooley had on the phone that the Cowboys knew who they wanted at the position. Street can do a little bit of everything, but while they say that you can’t teach talent, you can definitely put a little bit of weight on a guy who already knows how to excel at a key position like wide receiver.
Looking at Street:
The newest Cowboys’ wide receiver is a big target at 6’3, but he’s going to need to put on some muscle, which I’m sure will be a focus as soon as he gets to work in Dallas. He was a captain and 40-game starter for Pittsburgh though, and what’s even more impressive is that he is the all-time leading pass catcher for the school who sent Larry Fitzgerald into the NFL.
Street has excellent hands, and he definitely has the chance to step in immediately and make some noise at the next level. With Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and the emergence of Terrance Williams all there to make his life easier, I strongly believe that Street is going to be a player in his rookie season for the Boys.