The San Francisco 49ers selected NC State defensive end Kentavius Street with the 128th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and it quickly became polarizing. Some loved the defensive animal, others were quick to point out the pick’s current ACL tear made him a throwback to former general manager Trent Baalke’s ACL All-Stars. Some even said had he been healthy he wouldn’t have been worth the pick where he was taken.
Either way you splice it, he’s coming to the 49ers and there was a time he wasn’t nearly as polarizing. In fact, there was a time he was considered one of the up-and-comers of the 2018 draft class. In February, SI.com ran a post about players expected to turn heads at the NFL Combine, one of them was none other than Street:
“Bradley Chubb is the Wolfpack D-lineman that will get most of the attention in Indy—and he is a special talent bound for the first round—but Street is the biggest Freak. Street is expected to weigh in at 6’2” and around 285 pounds, and don’t be surprised if he’s clocked in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash. At 281 pounds last year, he ran an electronically timed 4.58, vertical jumped 40 inches, benched 475 pounds and squatted 700. He’s also the most flexible guy in the NC State program according to strength coach Dantonio Burnette. “It’s almost like a big receiver,” says Yo Murphy, a former NFL wideout who has helped train Street for the combine over the past two months. “He can stay in the drive phase so long.”
It all looked so promising. Unfortunately, Street suffered his injury in April, likely putting him on IR for 2018. The 49ers made the pick knowing this and it’s 2013 all over again! Some players have gotten over the knee injury hump like Tank Carradine, but several have not. Here’s hoping Street can get back to his freakish form in 2019.