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NFL Draft Results 2012: Cowboys Select Virginia Tech WR Danny Coale In Fifth Round

After loading up on defense with their first four picks, the Dallas Cowboys finally grabbed an offensive player in the fifth round when they took Virginia Tech WR Danny Coale with the No. 152 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Coale, a 6'0 200 WR who ran a 4.4 40 at the Combine, was a four-year contributor at Virginia Tech. In his senior season, he caught 60 balls for 904 yards and 3 TD's.

While he was the Hokies leading receiver, he's seen as a No. 3 WR at best by most scouts, who doubt whether he has the physical ability to separate from press coverage.

The Cowboys, who have two lead WR's in Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, need some help in the slot after the departure of Laurent Robinson in free agency.

An excerpt from the National Football Post's scouting report on Coale:

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's game-winning catch in the 2012 Sugar Bowl which was eventually overturned on review:

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