With their only pick in the fifth round, the Dallas Cowboys drafted wide receiver Danny Coale from Virginia Tech. After four straight picks on defense, the Cowboys finally address the offense by picking up a receiver.
On Coale, who McShay said in this video could be a third- or fourth-round pick (fast-forward to the 1:55 mark):
“I like him. I just think, he’s a little dinged up now, but you’re talking about a guy who produced at a high level in college, he has the size, around 6 feet, he’s in the 195-pound range. I think he runs well. I think that’s the misconception is that he doesn’t run well. I’m not sure if he’s going to be healthy enough to run at the combine [edit: Coale pulled a muscle near his rib prior to the Shrine Bowl], if he doesn’t he’ll be at the pro day, but at some point it won’t surprise me if he runs in the 4.4 range. I just love his toughness, the way he plays, his ability to catch the ball in traffic. I’m not saying he’s going to be a No. 2 [receiver], but I am saying that he can be a very productive No. 3 in the NFL and be in the league for a long time, the type of guy who can bring versatility.”
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Possesses decent height for the position with a very average build. He lacks much girth/muscle tone throughout his frame and isn't a guy who is going to be real physical in any area of the game. Struggles to fight off press coverage, is easy to re-route and needs to play nearly exclusively in the slot at the next level. He possesses a real savvy about his game; he knows how to change speed, set up routes and work himself open as a receiver. He exhibits good straight-line speed and does a nice job being deceptive, setting up corners with the gear to run away and create separation once he gains a step. Looks like a mid 4.4 guy.
Coale is a Ricky Proehl-type who isn't an elite wide receiver in terms of overall tools, but he is savvy, tough, a good route runner and runs well enough to be a downfield threat. Has very good quickness. Will snatch the ball on the run
Of course, Coale is famous for this catch ruled a non-catch: