Pitt receiver Devin Street said he had such a good workout with the Cowboys, they were his top choice for where he wanted to go.
“Going through this whole process, Dallas was my No. 1 choice,” he said. “I know I didn’t have any say in it, but just getting a feel for them, I felt like they had a lot of faith in me at the combine.”
Street, taken in the fifth round by the Cowboys on Saturday, said his belief was reinforced by a workout with Cowboys receivers coach Derek Dooley that he didn’t want to end.
“I wanted to keep going,” Street said. “I can remember him telling me to get a water break, and I didn’t want it. I wanted to show him what I was capable of and that I am going to go into a place and work hard.”
The 6-foot-2 Street, the all-time leader in receptions at Pitt, said he showed the Cowboys that he can run inside and outside routes.
“Coach Dooley had me run routes as an outside wide receiver, but then also put me in those quick, short and intermediate routes,” he said. “I ran those at Pitt as well. I can remember running a slot route and ended up stumbling a little bit because I over-strided, and Coach Dooley told me to shorten my stride up. I shortneed my stride up, and he said I ran one of the crispest routes he’s ever seen.
“He feels like I am a quick learner, and I definitely think I am. I feel like he had a great teaching technique, and I think I will do great with him as a wide receiver coach.”
Street ran a 4.52 at the combine and a 4.50 at his workout.
“Some people don’t call me a blazer. But in games, I do run past people,” he said. “I understand how to run routes, I understand tempos, and I feel like I am going to get faster as well. Getting stronger and getting into a great organization like the Dallas Cowboys, with so many capabilities and assets, I think I am going to do great with them. I can take the top off the coverage, I can run those deep routes, but I can also run those short and intermediate routes as well.”
-- Carlos Mendez