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.

Receiving
Season TEAM G RECPT YDS TDS
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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  • cjwright

    A true slot receiver would be a nice addition to the offense.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @cjwright I totally agree and this guy is real shifty/quick  also a small target to try and get a hold of with great hands

  • CowgirlCas22

    @CowgirlCas22 @Bease11 Thank You. Best of luck to you! Your getting noticed!

  • MichaelValentino

    Thanks for the great article, Cas. I love what I’ve heard about this guy and this article supports the good feeling I have about him.  I am hoping he and Danny Coale both make the 53-man squad.  I’d like to see the Cowboys keep six WRs this year.  Beasley and Coale can be very good slot receivers. I love over achievers with big hearts, and Beasley is this in spades.  Keep ‘em coming, Cas! – Michael

    • CowgirlCas22

       @MichaelValentino I have a real good feeling about him too. The coaches wanted to cut Drew Pearson cuz of his size, but Landry saw he had heart and look what he turned in to!

  • Californy

    First of all nice article Cowgirl on Cole Beasley, I also had my eye on this candidate for a while.  I love these players no one every talk about also, for this reason.  The players always start at the back of the pack, and they have heard it all their lives about them being to small, to light, not fast enough, or for what ever reason these people try to pigeon whole these players.  These players all have drive and have to overcome public public ridicule.  I would prefer every player on your team start this way, at the back of the pack, because once you hit bottom there only one way out, that is forward and to the top. Cole Beasley understand the concept of getting better and proving to others than he can do it.  i assume many times in his life he was at the bottom of the depth chart, but he slowly rose in the ranks, became that smart player, worked hard and became a player.

  • Californy

    What I saw in Cole that caught my interest was not the fact he was 5-8 177 lbs, 4.49 speed. What caught my attention was he had 173 reception in the last two years of college for 2100 yards.  yup my number are a little different from your but that doesn’t change the fact that he has great hands and know how to get open

    • Dallas3026

       @Californy 4.49 is kinda slow for a WR of his size, isn’t it?

      • CowgirlCas22

         @Dallas3026  @Californy not really Claiborne ran a 4.50 and 4.54 at the combine. Guys with shorter legs usually run slower cuz they take shorter strides. If you look at the best track guys they always have real long legs and are usually real tall like Andre Holmes for example.

  • Californy

    Cole Beasley experience as QB has help him in attacking defenses, he know how to attack and find the soft zone in the defense.  Cole number in his career has shown this.  Cole may not be the fastest guy on the field, he doesn’t have to.  The real key is he keep moving the chains and  to get the first down

  • Californy

    Cole Beasley comparison to Welker may be a little premature.  I would prefer he play like Cole Beasley and within his ability as a player.  I would view this team 3rd WR number of 300-600 yards as a sucess story. I doubt we will get the number Robinson gave us.  But Cole must chose his own path to sucess here in the NFL, i do wish him well.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy I don’t , cuz they are the same type of player and Welker had the same knocks on him. IffJJ keeps him around, he will develop in to a solid player. He just needs the time to do it.

  • BlueStarBoys

    Yep! I agree. Nice read. Competition is going to fierce at several positions this training camp. JG getting the right guys in the mix. 

    • CowgirlCas22

       @BlueStarBoys I have a real good feeling about this guy! I like lots of competition too. 

      • BlueStarBoys

         @CowgirlCas22 Right on CC22! I like your conviction. Competition keeps everyone hungry and on their toes.  Keep up the good work!

        • CowgirlCas22

           @BlueStarBoys Thank You! I am all about those hungry guys. Not the egomaniac top draft picks. Like Romo said in an interview, the guys with all the natural talent and prototypical size etc, don’t know how to push every day to get better cuz they were always able to get by on natural ability. These guys spent their whole life working harder than everyone else just to get a shot.

  • Californy

    I doubt Cole Beasley make this team practice squad, he has to make the team 45 man squad, or we will lose him the same way we lost Danny Armendola.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy yes I know and I can think of a few teams that would snatch him right up too JJ better hang on to him

  • Californy

    I wonder what player the boys will try to hide on the practice squad.  The boys already have over half of their draft pick unable to practice because of injury.  We have Claiborne, Coale, Crawford, Wilber unable to practice, and then Johnson because of school.  I just hope some more undrafted player push for a spot on this team Roster.  Also out is Ware, Spencer, Lisemore,albright, Kolwaski, Leary & Bernardeau., there plenty of opportunity for some youngster to show case their talent.  I wonder why we havent heard a peep from Hanna or McSurdy.  There going to be alot of player who are blowing there opportunity to make this squad.  What more interesting is these players are being hurt with minimum contact.  What going to happen when these player put on the pads.  It hard to believe will be toughter this year when all these injuries point to us being soft.

  • Californy

    The compairison to Wes Welker is a huge one, despite only standing 5-9 and 185 lbs.  Many believe Wes Welker to be the best undrafted FA in NFL today.
     
    Not only was Welker undrafted, two teams (the Chargers and Dolphins) gave up on one of the top receivers in the NFL. Welker has led the league in receptions three times since 2007, including a league-leading 122 receptions in 2011. Welker also set career highs with 1,569 receiving yards and scored nine touchdowns last year. That a huge comparison , I just hope he makes the roster and help improve out passing game

  • Californy

    Here are those other players out of that report who made big impact as undrafted players. Number two on that list is James Harrison, (Too small), Tony Romo (not Good enought), Airan Foster (not enough of a player), Antonio gates (does not know how to play the game) and Victor Cruz ( you got me).  Some other players not mention here are Miles Austin, Jeff saturday, Ryan Clark, jason Peters,,Vonta Leech and Brian Water.  Yup we had we 3 of them also.

  • Dallas3026

    As intriguing as Beasley’s story and potential are, I am not sure the Cowboys need another project at WR, given that they have Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway, Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, and Danny Coale already on the roster.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Dallas3026 Ogletree has had 3 yrs and this guy already runs better routes. it’s time for him to be gone. We need to bring in some new blood.

      • BlueStarBoys

         @CowgirlCas22  @Dallas3026 Yep! New blood was the most important thing JJ & JG needed to change, which will ultimately change the chemistry. I think they did that so far.  Ogletree has had his chance.  Time for a “uppin comer” to show he is a potential #1 playing our #3.  Like Parcells used to say, “you are what you are”  That is what Olgetree is after 3 years. 

        • CowgirlCas22

           @BlueStarBoys  @Dallas3026 Amen to that. Parcells always said 3 yrs or bust. He also said keep churning the bottom of the roster. I have to say I couldn’t figure out why they even brought KO and AOA back. No one else in the NFL wanted them for a reason.

        • CowgirlCas22

           @BlueStarBoys  @Dallas3026 Irf anything we should have kept Holley. Of course a smart guy like Belicheat grabbed him. Every time he got a shot, he made plays. He won the SF game for us.

        • BlueStarBoys

          @CowgirlCas22 @Dallas3026 That he did. I was at that game. Hate the whiners! My favorite game of the year. Holley for sure over Olgtree, but gone. Oh well. Looking forward to the battle between who we have. Gonna be intriguing!

        • BlueStarBoys

           @CowgirlCas22 Yep. Churn the heck out of the bottom of the roster! Another Parcellism is, “we are in the talent acquisition business”  AOA & KO, in my mind, won’t be on the roster come September.  

        • CowgirlCas22

           @BlueStarBoys I hope they are both gone I found a real good article on beasley he said in an interview that rookie mini camp was tough cuz of the crap QB’s they brought in. he said they were not accurate at all lol. I still say we should have grabbed Kellen Moore in the 7th round.

        • BlueStarBoys

           @CowgirlCas22 I was pulling for us to grab Moore as well back in April.  Damn that would have been a good pick up.  I’ve seen a lot of his games and he could be a good pro.  Yeah Beasley will get a great chance with Romo and/or Orton throwing to him in camp/preseason games.  Cream always rises to the top.  I’m pulling for him & Coale. May the best, consistent players win the job!

  • Erasmus

    It is hard to tell from the picture, but is Cole a ginger, or just blonde?

    • Dallas3026

       @Erasmus Do you think Garrett has some evil plan to build a team out of gingers?

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Erasmus he’s blonde

  • Californy

    We don’t need project we need player. Dez is still a project to me, he hasn’t arrive just yet. Dez in his career is averaging less than 50 yards per game for his draft class number 1 receiver. If dez want a big contract he must prove to be better than a 20 plus rated receiver.

    • Dallas3026

       @Californy I suppose you could consider Dez a project still, but clearly you would be using a different definition of “project”.  No WR who begins his rookie season as a starter can be considered a “project” in the same way that Raymond Radway, Jesse Holley, Andre Holmes, or Cole Beasley are – it will take most of them years to even get on the field, as opposed to starting as rookies.

      • CowgirlCas22

         @Dallas3026  @Californy I disagree. Beasley runs excellent routes, he is shifty, quick and very football smart. Dez doesn’t have half the IQ that Cole does. He just has natural size and talent. Dez doesn’t have the heart either. Guys like this have a chip on their shoulder. Drew Pearson was one of these guys. The other coaches wanted to cut him, but Landry saw he had heart.

        • Californy

           @CowgirlCas22  @Dallas3026 People already want to Crown Dez the next big stud WR.  I say let Dez earn his money this year, and let him show us the skill level of being the highest rank WR in his draft class.  The only person that will help Dez earn a big contract is Dez

  • Californy

    Dallas 3026 let me rephrase that . Dez has not arrived as one of the better receiver in the NFL. If he want a contract to reflect his ability we must see real number from dez first.

    • Dallas3026

       @Californy Agreed. I think Dez is going to come into his own this year, and Jimmy Robinson will deserve a ton of the credit.

  • Californy

    They say he plays faster than those numbers and Hanna plays slower than the 4.5 speed he is listed at. Bryan te is playing at a faster 5.14 40 speed he is listed at. Don’t worry they said the same thing about Jerry rice number 4.60 also.

  • Californy

    Jimmy Robinson a great coach. He help develop a lot of good receiver. I would be great if he can develop a wr like Jordy Nelson for us.

  • Californy

    Beasley also may have some value as a passer on a WR reverse, having played QB in his past.  It make you wonder if he has any value as emergency CB should that occasion ever a rise

    • Dallas3026

       @Californy Could he run the wildcat?

      • CowgirlCas22

         @Dallas3026  @Californy actually SMU used to use him in the wildcat

        • Californy

           @CowgirlCas22 I believe Coale also has the ability to pass on reverse, he a punter, and punter usually has the ability to pass off of this formation

        • Californy

           @CowgirlCas22  @Dallas3026 I think the Wild cat hype is over, how is removing our best player out of the game going to help us score TD.  A wild cat is only effective in the Red Zone when the team has a good OL, and I know we are not there yet.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy It would be nice to throw in some plays like Landry did. Pearson threw quite a few passes. He had also played QB in his past

      • Californy

         @CowgirlCas22 What make Beasley Smart is he a coaches son and understand both side of the game, it no wonder he played both ways in HS.

  • Californy

    A wild cat may be pushing it he is 5/8 175 lbs and he gong towad the 250 lb. He ok facing cb and safety. Just won’t chance him by over exposing him to wrong elements.

    • Dallas3026

       @Californy Good point.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy they had him blocking the gunner on ST in camp. Surprising for his size

  • Californy

    No he does sell pop corn either. LOl

  • boysteamusa

    Indeed he can be.  He’ll certainly get his opportunities.  Just wanna see more than projects coming from Dallas about now.

  • boysteamusa

    The Dallas Cowboys need to be the Dallas Cowboys and stop trying to imitate NE or any other team. Dallas should always be known for big play offensive capability, smart QBing, sound trenches, and the ability to play and compete well against any team in the league. We get it right and teams will start to imitate us once again.

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