Introducing fifth round pick Devin Street

Introducing fifth round pick Devin Street

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Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Devin Street (15) runs after a pass reception against Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Matthias Farley (41) and scores a sixty-three yard touchdown during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports



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Posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 3:29 PM

The Dallas Cowboys liked Devin Street enough to trade up 12 spots to get him. So what's to like?

He's big: 6'3" and almost 200 pounds. And while a 4.53 40-time at the NFL combine (and a 4.46 at his pro day) seems pretty fast, apparently it's not great for a wide receiver.

"Some people don't call me a blazer, but in games I do run by people," said Street during his conference call with the Dallas media.

The good news is this draft is rich with wide receivers, which means in other years a guy like Street would have gone higher.

Street was Pittsburgh's all-time leading receiver with 202 career catches, ahead of Antonio Bryant and Larry Fitzgerald (161 catches each), and that's fantastic.

But to put that statistic in its proper place, Street played in 49 career games; 18 more than Bryant, and 23 more than Fitzgerald.

Street says he can line up outside or in the slot. Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley worked him out recently, and Street said during the workout, he stumbled while running a slot route.

"Dooley told me to shorten my stride up," said Street.

He did, and then ran one of the crispest routes Dooley's ever seen, according to Street.

"He said I'm a quick learner."

Street will have a chance to learn from one of the league's top receivers in Dez Bryant. He said his goal is to earn the respect of Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo, but also to learn from them.

"Those guys are top notch," Street said. "They are the best in the league, and to be with those guys is only going to help elevate my game."

A spot was vacated on the Cowboys' receiving corps when the team released Miles Austin this offseason after eight years with Dallas. The Cowboys completed a trade with the Detroit Lions to move up to the 146th pick in the final day of the draft.