When the Dallas Cowboys drafted wide receiver Devin Street in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, little was thought of it. It was thought that Street would need plenty of time to develop into an NFL-caliber receiver and that he wouldn’t be productive until several years down the road. However, after his performance at Cowboys’ OTAs so far, Street is proving the doubters wrong and working his way into a larger role.
Perhaps the biggest concern surrounding Street going into the draft was his ability to develop into a quality route-runner. Fortunately for Street, he has apparently made major strides in that area of his game and is light years ahead of where the Cowboys expected him to be. When you combine that improved route-running with Street’s reliability and experience it becomes clear that he is ready for the next level.
With that said, Street appears poised to become the Cowboys’ slot receiver in 2014, a role he’s well-suited to handle. The Cowboys lack any real receiving weapons outside of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams, and that could lead to Street getting more opportunities than he would on a different team. That, combined with the fact he will have Tony Romo throwing him the ball, makes it look as though Street is destined to do big things for the Cowboys.
Overall, Street appears destined to surprise with his production in 2014. The Cowboys need someone to fill the role of a slot receiver, and Street is a great fit. The fifth-round rookie is ready to become a big part of Dallas’ offense.