IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys believe they drafted a third-round prospect despite trading their third-round pick.
They consider selecting Pittsburgh receiver Devin Street in the fifth round a steal.
Street had a third-round grade on the Cowboys’ board, which is why they packaged their fifth-round pick (No. 158) and a seventh-rounder (No. 229) to move up a dozen spots and draft him with the 146th overall pick.
The Cowboys see the 6-foot-3, 189-pound Street, who holds Pitt’s career receptions record with 202, as a pro-ready receiver. He’s expected to immediately compete for the No. 3 receiver role and gives the Cowboys a legitimate option as an outside receiver if Dez Bryant or Terrance Williams gets injured.
“Very, very accomplished route runner, great hands, great length,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “If anything, needs to work on some of the strength a little bit. Other than that, he’s played in a [pro-style] system, he knows the route tree. It will be easy for him coming in.”
Street could be limited this offseason due to a shoulder injury he suffered as a Pitt senior, when he caught 51 passes for 854 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games. That injury, which limited him to three reps of 115 pounds on the bench press at the combine, could have caused his draft stock to drop.
However, the Cowboys sent receivers coach Derek Dooley to privately work out Street on the Pitt campus. Dooley returned to Valley Ranch raving about Street and didn’t stop until the Cowboys drafted him.
“It doesn’t matter where you get picked; it only matters what you do when you get here,” Dooley told Street during the phone call after the Cowboys made the pick. “Get your ass ready. You’re going to get down here quickly and we’re going to go to work, and you’re going to put it on all those teams that passed you up.
“You see all them receivers that went ahead of you? All right, don’t ever forget it, you hear me? And that needs to motivate you every day.”