Could Cole Beasley Be The Next Wes Welker For The Dallas Cowboys?

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Continuing the ongoing series on the Dallas Cowboys draft, as promised, I am now profiling undrafted rookie free agent Cole Beasley. You can see the rest of my articles about the Cowboys 2012 draft and free agent acquisitions here.

Cole Beasley, WR/KR SMU

Sep 17, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) is tackled by Northwestern State Demons safety Jamaal White (2) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

5-8 177 4.49 40 38″ vertical jump

Grade entering draft: 59.5

My Grade: Potential/impact B Value A

Beasley attended Little Elm high school in North Texas. He was coached there by his father Mike Beasley. As a freshman, he beat out 2 upperclassmen to win the starting job at quarterback. At the time, some suspected a bit of nepotism until he led them to the playoffs for the 1st time and then did it again the next year. When his father was asked about it he said,

“I gave them every chance in the world to start, but Cole just proved that he was better. That was the first season we made it into the playoffs. You really couldn’t say it was a bad decision then. He made some exceptional passes. He earned the job and everybody respects that and believes that. We really haven’t had any problems because we’ve been successful and he’s done a good job, but there were questions early.”

In his senior year at Little Elm, he started 10 games. He rushed for 1,184 yds on 157 sttempts for 12 TD’s and an average of 7.5 yds per carry. He also amassed 1,570 yds on 191 attempts for 12 TD’s and 6 interceptions passing. Beasley played both ways in high school and had 3 interceptions as a defensive back. He was offered a scholarship by SMU and commited there on July 11th, 2007.

Due to his small stature, Beasley wasn’t a good fit as a QB at the collegiate level, but due to his excellent running ability and experience as a defensive back, they decided to convert him to the receiver position. He was also used as a kick returner. You can see his college stats below.

2008-09 Southern Methodist 11 42 366 3
2009-10 Southern Methodist 12 40 493 3
2010-11 Southern Methodist 14 87 1060 6
2011-12 Southern Methodist 11 79 954 2
TOTAL 48 248 2873 14

Beasley made the 2011 Conference USA First Team as selected by the leagues 12 head coaches.  In 2010, he started all 14 games at receiver, was named Second Team All-Conference USA, totaled 1,060 receiving yards, (the fourth highest single-season total) and six touchdowns. He also caught 87 passes, which ranks 2nd for a single-season in program history. In 2009, he played in 12 games and started in seven. He ranked fourth on the team in catches with 40, for 493 yards and 3 touchdowns. His regular-season-long TD catch of 49 yards helped SMU to a road win at Tulsa. He caught a 71 yard pass on the opening drive of SMU’s Hawaii Bowl win over Nevada that set the tone for the entire game. He also toed the sideline for an acrobatic TD catch in the win over the Wolf Pack and caught a TD pass with 11 seconds left in the first half of SMU’s win at UAB, as the Mustangs snapped a 17-game Conference USA losing streak and a 15-game road losing streak.

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