2014 NFL Draft: Pitt wide receiver Devin Street looking to gain respect

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

While most of the draft talk for Pitt continues to revolve around Aaron Donald and Tom Savage, things remain quiet on the Devin Street front. Really, there's not been much out there about him, save for some opinion sites that think he could make a good late pick or that think he's overrated. Most are content to believe that he's a middle-round pick and there's not much to the contrary on that.

Street, seemingly has been looking for respect for quite a while and that's not really changing. He earned that respect at Pitt by working hard, but despite having set a school record in receptions, still isn't drawing that much respect nationally. He recently spoke about that and wanting to prove something:

The former Hurricane has been projected as a mid-round selection in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. Street admits it's not a bad position to be in, of course, but the entire evaluation process has given him a boost.

"I'm thankful for that," Street said of his situation. "Every day I wake up with a chip on my shoulder. Every time I go out there, there's something to prove -- not to others but to myself."

I've brought this up in passing before, but really, I can't say enough about what Street accomplished considering the circumstances. He played with quarterback Tino Sunseri, who while he left as a solid player, struggled early on. Then last year, he changed quarterbacks and despite battling some injuries while playing in only ten of the team's 13 games, he still racked up 854 yards and seven touchdowns.

Street hasn't shown enough to make you think he's a slam dunk candidate to be a star at the next level, but barring something crazy, he'll get a chance to prove himself at the next level - and that's all it sounds like he wants.

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