As the Cowboys look to find a new No. 3 receiver, they are going to throw their fifth-round pick into the competition.
“He’s in the mix,” coach Jason Garrett said this weekend of Danny Coale, taken with the 152nd pick out of Virginia Tech, where he is second all-time in catches and yards.
“He’s a guy that we like physically. We like him intangibly. He’s got some position versatility and flexibility,” Garrett said.
Coale caught 165 passes for 2,658 yards (16.3 average) and eight touchdowns at Virginia Tech. He returned eight punts as a senior. He also punted – averaging 43.5 yards on 13 attempts late in the season last year.
“We feel like he has good traits to be an inside receiver also the physical skills to be an outside receiver,” Garrett said. “We’re excited about him at the receiver position, but also as a special teams contributor. Very good career there at Virginia Tech.”
Coale is a longshot for the No. 3 job, of course. After losing Laurent Robinson to free agency, the Cowboys re-signed fourth-year receiver Kevin Ogletree, and second-year receivers Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris and Raymond Radway will get their chances, plus any college free agents the Cowboys bring to camp.
-- Carlos Mendez