January 3, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Danny Coale (19) brings in a reception over Michigan Wolverines cornerback Courtney Avery (5) during the game at the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Grading The Cowboys Draft: Danny Coale.

Continuing the ongoing series that graded the Dallas Cowboys 2012 NFL draft, we now move on to round 5.  WR Danny Coale will be profiled in this article. You can read all of the previous 2012 NFL draft articles here.

Danny Coale,  WR Virginia tech

Oct 29, 2011; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies receiver Danny Coale (19) hauls in a long pass as he is pursued by Duke Blue Devils cornerback Tony Foster (31) at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit- Rob Kinnan-US PRESSWIRE

6-0  200  4.5 40  6.69  3 cone (combine top performer)

Grade entering draft: 58.2

My Grade: Potential/impact B+  Value A-

Coale was born in Lexington, VA and attended Epsicopol high school. He did a little bit of everything for Coach Mark Gowin there. He played wide receiver, defensive back, returned punts and kickoffs and also handled the place-kicking and punting duties. He caught 27 passes for 564 yards and nine scores as a senior, and he scored twice on returns. He recorded 27 catches for 780 yards, racking up 14 touchdowns as a junior. He also had four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

He compiled 109 career catches for 2,367 yards and 33 touchdowns. He earned all-state honors three-straight seasons, including first-team honors his last two years. He was a second-team All-Met pick by The Washington Post as a senior, was listed as the No. 17 overall player on the Virginia 33 by SuperPrep and ranked the No. 21 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times. He was a member of the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Team. and earned first-team all-state honors as a lacrosse player.

In 2011, Coale became the first Hokie to earn the ACC’s James Tatum Award, an award given to the conference’s top senior football student-athlete. He finished his career second in Tech history in both receptions and receiving yards, behind teammate Jarrett Boykin. Coale started all 14 games at wide reciever and punted in four. He played over 800 snaps on offense and 82 on special teams for a total of nearly 900. He had 60 receptions for 904 yards and three touchdowns. He also added four carries for 26 yards and eight punt returns for 52 yards. His versatilty is evidenced by his 13 punts for 565 yards (43.5 yard average) with a long of 61.

You can see his career stats below.

Rushing Receiving
Season GP GS Att Yds Avg Long TD No Yds Avg Long TD
2008 14 14 6 14 2.3 7 0 36 408 11.3 35 0
2009 13 12 2 8 4.0 5 0 30 614 20.5 81 2
2010 14 14 1 -3 -3.0 0 0 39 732 18.8 59 3
2011 14 14 4 26 6.5 26 0 60 904 15.1 63 3
Career 55 54 13 45 3.5 26 0 165 2658 16.1 81 8

January 3, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Danny Coale (19) pulls in a pass in the endzone past Michigan Wolverines cornerback Courtney Avery (5) during the first overtime in the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The touchdown was overturned when the ball came in contact with the ground. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE.

There is a lot of value in getting a guy like Coale in the 5th round. Unfortunately, he has some tough competition to make the roster. When you think of guys like Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway, Andre Holmes, and veteran Kevin Ogletree, combined with missing OTA’s due to finishing school, he will really have to stand out in training camp. Not to mention, undrafted rookie free agent Coal Beasley ( I will be doing a story on him in the near future) is already turning heads in OTA’s. Either way, Coale was a solid pick for the Cowboys. There is some concern that Coale tends to drop passes in clutch situations, but I have faith in Coach Robinsons’ ability to develop him in to an impact player.
In spite of being the 28th ranked WR in the 2012 draft, Cole’s draft stock began to rise with an excellent showing at the scouting combine in February. He ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash and displayed strong route-running and good hands in positional drills. That was only a precursor to the 4.37 40 he ripped off at his March 15 pro day to go along with a 37-inch vertical.


Strengths: Deceiving quickness and catches the ball in stride, keeping himself clean in his movements, not forced to gear down. Savvy route runner with precise footwork to waste little time in/out of his breaks. Very good field awareness. Does a nice job extending his arms and reeling in passes away from his body with top hand/eye coordination. Dependable, usually sure-handed target. Shows good toughness to secure catches in traffic with a fearless and aggressive mentality. High character and team-first person. Good head on his shoulders. Four-year starter (54 career starts) with very good playing experience with added versatility. Also played on special teams coverage as a punt returner and punter.

Weaknesses: Only average height and size with shorter arms (30 1/2-inch). Limited strength and bulk on his frame and lacks the power in his limbs to routinely beat press and create separation. Hasn’t added much muscle, weighing only 195 out of high school. Lacks the playing speed to stretch the field. Bit stiff in his hips and isn’t a sudden mover. Not overly elusive. Limited as a blocker with poor base strength. Didn’t find the end zone much in college with only 8 career scores. Averaged only 1 touchdown for every 20 catches. (Dane Brugler)

When I look at this player, I see a lot of potential. He was a 4 yr starter for the Hokies at WR and has good size and balance that aids him in the slot. He is a smart player with good burst in short areas, this helps him to get open in zones. He increases his production by causing defenders to miss tackles and gets upfield.  He has all the intangibles to succeed at the next level. He has the ideal  speed, quickness  and football IQ coveted by NFL teams.



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  • Dallas3026

    Sometimes when a position seems crowded, especially when that crowd is all young and unproven players,  it means that there is no one person that is good enough to play that position – or in the slot receiver/3rd wideout.

    • Californy

       @Dallas3026 The only way these player become good is they need more reps, we may have to many WR already here already.  These players need snaps and reps to get their timing with Romo and to increase their stamina in the games. Dez disappeared in games because he just was strong enough give us anything late in the game.  I hope this year, we can go 5 deep at the WR position.  Don’t be surprise if you see 5 wr set here in Dallas.  Don’t worry Witten will be a Wide out and some of our RB will be line out wide also.

  • CowgirlCas22

    competition is good, but ya last yr we had 9 WR’s and needed Robinson. Back to JJ’s poor job as a GM. Romo hasn’t had a “COMPLETE” WR since T.O

  • CowgirlCas22

    @thunderbuzztap thank you

  • Selenad1yir8

    @CowgirlCas22 http://t.co/Ch0U0p3w

  • Californy

    My Alternative to Danny Coale.  We have too many WR already. The Wr can be answer in the undrafted FA part of this draft.
    This player comes with a risk because of Character concerns, but in the 5th RD he brings a lot of value to this pick.  Dennard the kind of Press coevrage CB that RR will be salvating about this point.  He may actually be better than Claiborne in Rd number 5
    Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
    Height: 5’10″Weight: 204Grade: 82.
    40: 4.51
    Strengths: Good bulk and strength for a DB – Excellent in press coverage, gets a good jam on the receiver and can turn and run with them – Solid zone defender as well, makes early breaks on the ball – Sticks to receivers on underneath routes, mirrors well – Good long speed in pads – Can make a play on the ball, good hands – Has a true burst, makes up separation in a heartbeat – Decent tackler with a bit of pop – Can play inside or outside.
    Weaknesses: Much more comfortable in press than in off coverage, really showed in Mobile – Reminds us at times of a Vontaze Burfict at the CB position, uses his physicality too much at times – Tends to get off balance – Gambles a bit, will make some plays but also some mistakes – Has kind of a funky backpedal, hurts him when not pressing.

  • Californy

    Chase Minnifield will likely continue Virginia’s run of corners taken in the 1st and 2nd rounds.
     He will follow in Dowling and Cook’s footsteps and I think he is better than Dowling. Chase Minnifield, CB, VirginiaHeight: 6’1″Weight: 185 Class: Senior Player Comparison Asante Samuel: Minnifield, like Samuel, excels in zone coverage. Samuel is the best zone corner in the NFL so this is high praise but Minnifield definitely has the potential to be as good as Samuel in zone coverage. Career Stats:101 tackles, 10 pass breakups, 10 interceptions, 1003 kick return yards, 23.3 yards per return, 172 punt return yards, 5.2 yards per ruturnProjected Draft Status: 1st to 2nd roundMinnifield’s stock is all over the place. Some have him in the top 15, others have him in the 2nd round. My belief is that Minnifield will end up in the top 20 of the draft. Minnifields’ Strengths and Weaknessess Minnifield appears to be the best zone coverage corner in the 2012 draft. He is probably the best zone cover corner in the past two years. He has great instincts and knows where to be.Minnifield is one of the best athletes in the draft. When I was on youtube looking for those highlights, I was a video of him clearing 5’8″ with ease as well as him throwing down an incredible dunk in a HS game. It is pretty impressive.He would be the perfect fit in an aggressive, zone-blitz scheme that would allow him to use his great instincts and ball skills to his advantage.

  • Californy

    I saw the draft for a WR as a waisted pick, knowing that this team already had way too many  wr,  I thought we had planty of prospect With Dwayne Harris, 3001 recieving yardage, 2374 KR yardage 24 College TD, Radway 6’3′ 193 lbs 4.32 speed WR, Adre Holmes 6-5 208 4.53 Speed.  I believe we could find plenty of talent as FA.  Cole Beasley fit that bill  5-8 WR with Coale Speed 172 catches in last 2 years for 2100 yards. 

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy I agree about drafting a wr and also about the need for another CB because it is doubtful that JJ will give Jenks the contract he will command in FA. However, I like the potential I see in Coale. He reminds me a lot of Wes Welker. I am happy with the pick. A lot more than I was with Johnson in the 4th. we could have done worse lol.

  • Californy

    At least we have a back up Punter, he had a better average in College than Chris Jones did in the same amount of kick last year.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy my new story is on Cole Beasley, to be honest I think he may be a better player and we got him undrafted

      • Californy

         @CowgirlCas22 I look Forward to it Cowgirl, Like I told you out of this draft I wanted two CB, 2 Guard, Center, QB, DE, RB & safety through a couple of traded down.  I couldnt believe the talent that was avaliable in the 3-4 rd, and the 6-7 Rd of this draft.  I consider Dennard equal to talent in a player like Clairborne in the 7th rd.  You know I was high on Fleming Also.  My though was if we can find player like Austin undrafted once we can find them again.

        • CowgirlCas22

           @Californy My biggest concern other than CB  was a true NT and a solid OG and C

        • Californy

          We could of had your player warren OG, undrafted, and Molk was sitting there in the 7th.  I doubt our 7th RD even makes the team.  You had Dennard, Wade CB 82.0 ranking, You had Cam Johnson raw product DE, who will probably thrive in SF. Minnifield CB was still there for us in the 7th.  I like the talent in this 7 rd more than what went in the 5th Rd as a whole.

        • Californy

           @CowgirlCas22 I back off of Ta Amu because of his low production in college and for the fact he didnt have a good mentor to learn the game from.  Ratliff is no where even close to being a good NT despite his Pro Bowl selection.  That why I gave up the idea of running a 3-4 defense all together and see our only real alternative of getting pressure by switching over to a 4-3 front.  It look like the Jets are already doing that, i wonder what kind of Impact kendrick Eliss would have facing single coverage instead of being double team.

  • Californy

    I like very much what Houston did in the draft especially with the middle rounds . I think Brandon brook og going to be a fixture there and jarred crick in the 5th I believe will be a better player than Crawford taken a round later. Ben jones center was a solid pick also. They get it, a hurt Qb mean you better get better protection.

  • osnappp007

    I think they had some better options for potential in later rounds. (Marvin Jones, Criner, Streeter)  But if they were really smart, they would have drafted a number one receiver in Mohamed Sanu in the 3rd.  I see Coale at best being average.

    • Californy

       @osnappp007 I never saw a need to draft a WR. I though we could find another gem like Miles Austin and Robinson.  I think we have a special player in Cole Beasley, and he didnt even cost us a draft pick. We could of use an extr pick on CB or Lineman to improve this team weakness.

  • boysteamusa

    Since we didnt keep WR Robinson, I dont care!  Dallas prefers to have projects on the team instead of guys proven to get it done.