Devin Street NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Dallas Cowboys WR

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Devin Street NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Dallas Cowboys WR
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Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh (HT: 6'2⅞", 198 lbs)

Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys trade 158th and 229th picks to Lions for 146th pick)

Fifth Round: 146th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6027 198 33 3/8" 9 1/4"

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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.55 1.56 37" 10'4" 6.89 4.01

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Positives

  • Prototypical height with an average overall build and the frame to add some weight.
  • Quick and sudden with the breaks in his routes. 
  • Gets the most out of his athleticism by clearly having a firm grasp on the fundamentals of his routes. 
  • Footwork in press coverage is impressive—he's quick, decisive and knows exactly how to position himself to gain an edge.
  • Often beats press coverage against less experienced defensive backs without even initiating contact.
  • Makes up for his lack of speed by setting up defensive backs with his footwork and positioning himself to gain an extra step wherever possible.
  • Ran the full route tree at Pittsburgh.
  • Does a nice job tracking the deep ball over his shoulder and adjusting to the placement of the ball.
  • Gets the most out of his physical tools after the catch—he's smart about knowing when the matchup allows him to try to make a guy miss or when he needs to simply lower his shoulder and fight for the tough yardage. 
  • Reliable hands and generally catches the ball away from his body whenever possible.
  • Willing to work the middle of the field and has shown the ability to go for the ball and hang on even with a defender coming in for a hit within his field of vision.
  • Relatively durable—missed the final three games of his career, but had played in every game, including 30 starts, prior to the end of his senior year.

 

Negatives

  • Straight-line speed is below average. 
  • Lacks the extra gear to lose defenders and get over the top of the defense. 
  • Has the height, but not the size to compete for balls in traffic. 
  • Given his all-around skill set, he would greatly benefit from adding another 10-15 pounds of muscle.
  • Underwhelming effort when going up for contested catches—struggles to put himself between the ball and the defenders and gets out-muscled by smaller defensive backs.
  • Despite giving a solid effort, he simply lacks the speed and agility to be a threat after the catch. 
  • Blocking skills are limited, both by physical tools and technique.
  • Missed final three games of the 2013 season with an ankle injury and a blood clot in his elbow.
  • May have maxed out his potential, especially if he doesn't add the weight to improve his ability as a possession receiver.

Collegiate Statistics
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2010 Pittsburgh 25 318 12.7 2
2011 Pittsburgh 53 754 14.2 2
2012 Pittsburgh 73 975 13.4 5
2013 Pittsburgh 51 854 16.7 7

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Personal Notes

  • Arrested in Nov. 2012. Originally charged with misdemeanor assault and conspiracy, but plead down to disorderly conduct for allegedly intimidating another student on the street and punching him in the head (full report on ESPN). 
  • Standout track athlete in high school who competed in the long jump.
  • Third-time All-ACC in 2013.
  • Finished career as Pitt's all-time leader in receptions.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Street is among the most efficient route-runners in this year's class, and has the potential to develop into a quality possession receiver as a result.

Unfortunately, it's tough to see him finding much success immediately because of how he struggles to compete for the ball in traffic. In college he used his route-running technique to create the space to work free over the top, but too many NFL corners have the speed to recover from a misstep or two.

For Street to succeed at the next level he'll need to add some weight and improve his ability to win the battle for 50/50 balls.

 

Draft Projection: 4th round

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