Dynasty League Spotlight: Devin Street, WR Pittsburgh – 2014 NFL Draft
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Devin Street, WR Pittsburgh Panthers
Weight: 192 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.5(projected)
NFL Comparison: Malcolm Floyd
One of the most productive receivers in the country over his career, Street became Pitt’s all-time reception leader in 2013 with 202 catches, besting Latef Grim (178). Street also ends his collegiate career third in receiving yards (2,901). Rated by Rivals as just a two-star recruit out of high school, Street exceeded expectations with his extremely soft hands and a knack for meeting the ball at its highest point. His prominent height doesn’t hurt his ability to out-position defensive backs in space, either. For such a long and lanky player, Street has impressive body control, coordination, and ability to track the ball which all help to make up for his general lack of quickness. His lengthy strides make him an easy player to tackle after the catch though. He usually doesn’t get much farther downfield than wherever he comes down with the ball. Putting on more weight will help Street in this department, but he’s never going to have great breakaway speed.
Fortunately for Street, he’s probably going to be overvalued in the NFL draft. His stats are impossible to ignore, and he looks like a prototypical starting wide-out at first glance. Unfortunately for us, Street is probably not much more than a reliable possession receiver. His fantasy production will rely almost exclusively on how pass-catcher-needy his eventual team is. In an NFL where speed is beginning to eclipse brute force from a defensive secondary standpoint, a slow and steady receiver of Street’s ilk may find it to be a tough road to tread unless he’s got an Anquan Boldin gene in him (which he might). It is most likely that he wallows in mediocrity for the better part of his professional career. We wouldn’t rush to draft him in dynasty formats. Receiver is just too deep to consider Street (prior to learning his draft destination) any earlier than the latest rounds in rookie drafts.