Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Fifth-rounder Danny Coale in play at WR
By Calvin Watkins
One good thing about Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is that he's not afraid to stir things up.
Garrett has preached competition at various positions and that's what he's getting with Virginia Tech wide receiver Danny Coale, who was selected in the fifth-round selection Saturday.
As it stands, Coale will battle Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris and Raymond Radway for the two open receiver spots. The Cowboys could use five receivers in 2012 if needed. (We don't believe Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are in danger of not making the roster).
Coale has been described as a slot receiver who is fast with the ability to run good routes.
"He’s in the mix," Garrett said of Coale. "He’s a guy that we like physically; we like him intangibly; he’s got some position versatility and flexibility and we feel like he can be a special teams contributor. One of the really good things that we see when we pick these seven players is it creates a tremendous amount of competition on our football team."
Coale can play slot and outside receiver for the Cowboys. It was interesting to watch the war room in the fourth round and see receivers coach Jimmy Robinson talking to the decision makers. The Cowboys took two defensive players in Round 4 -- Kyle Wilber and Matt Johnson -- but it was clear they hoped Coale was still on the board in the fifth.
"Somebody asked earlier about needs versus taking the best player on the board," Garrett said. "I think if we look at this draft, we consistently took the best player or close to the best player on our board and that as evaluators makes you feel good, and the fact that they kind of crossed over to our perceived needs is really good for our football team because we’re getting the most quality player in terms of our evaluation. We bring him into the mix and create competition and we think that’s a real positive for everybody."