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How Devin Street Fits with the Dallas Cowboys

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 09:  Devin Street #15 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks a tackle and scores a 63 yard touchdown in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on November 9, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys made a trade to move up in the fifth round in order to grab wide receiver Devin Street. While other needs should have been addressed with this pick that cost Dallas its fifth and a seventh-rounder, the Pittsburgh product just made Dallas' passing attack much deadlier.

Street left college as the Panthers' all-time leading receiver after posting 854 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season. At 6'3", 198 pounds he possesses an impressive frame that includes a pair of soft hands.

Quarterback Tony Romo can feel comfortable targeting his newest receiver for a deep pass or a six-yard throw given his hands and impressive route running. He still needs some coaching, specifically when it comes to dealing with contact from defenders.

Luckily for Street, he'll get a chance to learn from one of the NFL's best young receivers in Dez Bryant. And No. 88 knows a little thing about beating press coverage and battling with defenders.

Despite Miles Austin's lack of production the past few seasons, the decision to cut him was likely largely due to Dallas' salary cap constraints.

When healthy, Austin was one of the Cowboys' best receivers in terms of catching the football and moving the chains. He served the offense in many of the same ways tight end Jason Witten does.

Street now has the opportunity to fill the role Austin used to. He's not going to be Dallas' premier deep threat, but he can be one of Romo's dependable security blankets to move the chains on third down. Opposing defenses aren't opposed to having two players cover Witten and that's when Street will have to step up.

It's also worth noting that Scott Linehan, the same coach who worked with Calvin Johnson in Detroit, will be working with Street. Linehan understands how to get the most out of his wide receivers and could really develop some of the noticeable skills Street possesses.

While his focus will be on utilizing Bryant, Linehan can do a lot of different things with Street and No. 2 receiver Terrance Williams as well. The rookie should learn plenty playing in a high-powered offense with minds like Linehan and Jason Garrett coaching him.

Competing with Street for that No. 3 wide receiver position will be Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris. Beasley did put together a fine 2013 campaign, making some nice plays and recording 368 receiving yards. That being said, Dallas didn't move up to take Street so he could sit behind Beasley on the depth chart.

As far as Harris goes, he's developed into an impressive kick and punt returner. Because of his role on special teams, Garrett could choose to limit his snaps on offense.

Street will likely start off his NFL career as a No. 3 receiver and get the chance to learn from the offensive minds of Garrett and Linehan. He'll also fill the role vacated by Austin and could become one of Romo's top options to move the chains.

With Street on the roster, all of a sudden Dallas has a young, promising receiving corps to help Romo.

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