Dallas Cowboys: Top 5 Players To Break Out In 2013 #4

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The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Mini Camp has come and gone, OTA’s (organized team activities) are under way, and training camp will be here before you know it. This is my favorite time of year because much like the coaches and scouts, I get to start my evaluation process.

Dez Bryant, Cole BeasleyHere at Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix, we prefer to keep it as original as possible. There is a real lack of reportable Dallas Cowboys news coming out of Valley Ranch and I prefer not to beat the same dead horse everyone else is. That being said, I decided to do a projection type series on the Dallas Cowboys Top 5 Players To Break Out In 2013. I will post one series now and one following the preseason. This article is on the fourth player.

The Dallas Cowboys have some players on the roster who have shown a lot of promise. Some were top draft picks and some are “The Guys No One Is Talking About”. This top 5 will be a mixture of both types of players. Keep in mind, there are those who “everyone” anticipates breaking out. In fact, where players like Dez Bryant, Travis Frederick and Morris Claiborne are concerned, it’s expected because they were 1st round picks. One of the three made my list, the other two didn’t. I will explain why at the end of the series. Keep in mind, as far as some of these guys are concerned, it will solely depend on whether or not Jason Garrett sticks to his former ways of just penciling in guys like Kevin Ogletree and stopping the progress of players that have shown real promise.


Cole Beasley, Curtis MarshCole Beasley, WR

Height/Weight: 5-8 178

4.49 40 -  38″ Vert.

College: SMU

NFL Exp: 1


Following my profile on the Dallas Cowboys #5 selection (Tyrone Crawford), my buddy Bryan Broaddus pointed out to me that I should have spent less time on the bio of the player and went more in to detail as to why I thought he will break out in 2013 based on film study. I informed him that when I do my final list after the pre season (if he remains on the list), I will do that because in 2012 he only had 296 random defensive snaps as a situational player. That would take a lot of extra time to skim through tape trying to find Crawfords’ plays. I studied his college tape going in to the 2012 draft when I wrote about him then. After the pre-season, there will be a lot more tape available for me to see him in a whole game situation playing RDE while the starters rest. I am sure his technique has improved since last year, and Mike Woicik has helped him develop even more power.

I had a similar problem with Cole Beasley. However, most of his targets and catches came in the Dallas Cowboys week 12 game against the Washington Redskins when Miles Austin was nursing his hamstring and Kevin Ogletree was banged up as well. The lineup consisted of Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley. I used that game for my film study for this profile. I will also have more film on Beasley to look at after the pre-season.

ColeBeasley5Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole beasley was born on April 26th 1989 in Houston Texas. As the son of a coach, Beasley began learning the intricasies of football at a young age. Due to his high football IQ and extensive knowledge of both offensive and defensive schemes, he was groomed to be a QB. Much like former undrafted Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, who also played QB, Beasley has an advantage over most WR’s because of his ability to read protections and find soft spots in zone coverage. The other advantage of being a former QB is the ability to think like a QB and make good reads on hot options routes etc. The other similarity between Pearson and Beasley is the knock on their size. Similar stereotypes affected Danny Amendola, Wes Welker and Darren Sproles. The most recent players to feel this discrimination are Kerwynn Williams, Russel Wilson and Kellen Moore. I tend to listen more to my dads’ ideology of,

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Cole Beasley was coached by his father Mike Beasley at Little Elm high school in North Texas. As a freshman, Cole beat out 2 upperclassmen to win the starting job at quarterback. Some people 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 attempts for 12 TD’s and an average of 7.5 yds per carry. He also amassed 1,570 yds on 191 passing attempts for 12 TD’s and 6 interceptions. Beasley played both ways in high school;  he 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.

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2008 SMU 11 0 0 0 42 366 8.7 3
2009 SMU 12 0 0 0 40 493 12.3 3
2010 SMU 14 0 0 0 87 1060 12.2 6
2011 SMU 12 1 2 2.0 1 86 1040 12.1 2
Career 49 1 2 2.0 1 255 2959 11.6 14

ColeBeasley7Beasley made the 2011 Conference USA First Team as selected by the leagues 12 head coaches. In 2010, he started all 14 games at receiver; he was named Second Team All-Conference USA after he 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 (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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  • football4ever

    Unleash the Bease!  Unfortunately, Beasley doesn’t fit the Cowboys scheme and if they don’t change anything then Cole won’t have a chance to break out this year either. That and the fact that Jerry Jones advances his draft pets whether they are proven or not.  I hate to say it but I see Beasley being released this year and haunting the Cowboys with a team that will use him the way he should be used.

    • football4ever Tom Brady would love to have him in NE or Brees in N.O they like dissecting teams with the short passing game. However, from what I have been told, Romo likes him a lot, if he has anything to say about it, he’ll be here for a while.

      • cjwright

        CowgirlCas22 football4ever If it is true that Romo likes him better than anyone other than Witten, Bryant, and Austin, it is hard to imagine that is not enough to get him playing time in the slot.

        • cjwright CowgirlCas22 football4ever I think this is one of many reasons that Romo wanted it in his contract that he is more involved in the game plan. He never has to worry about Beasley running the route wrong, having to tell him where to line up, not knowing the play book, making a bad read on a hot etc. NTM he doesn’t drop passes. Romo came up through the ranks as an undrafted player as well; he knows what it’s like. If you pay attention to the games, and look at the sidelines, Beasley is always sitting or standing next to Tony. He is always trying to absorb as much knowledge as he can.

  • cjwright

    When I see Beasley with the ball in his hands, I always think the same thing: the Cowboys need to find a way to get him the ball, preferably in space. If he doesn’t get a chance to prove what a weapon he can be this season, the Cowboys better have at least 3 WR’s playing awfully well.

    • cjwright JJ’s draft picks get penciled in, they don’t have to earn anything.

  • Californy

    Beasley has an uphill battle still battling the stereotypes he has to beat everyday of his life.  He must dominate his competition to make this team, it cant be close or he wont make it.  JG and JJ love the tall WR, this is eveident in the tall TE they chose the last 2 years and the William pick also.  JJ fell in love with the WR holmes for 2 years and he didnt given them anything at all. If Beasley is going to make this team it must be on special teams.  In fact your 3-6 rd WR must all contribute on special team.   Beasley must be better than Harris who is this team best special team player, and he been known to be a good special team player all of his life.  Beasley offer something to the boys that they are not using, it called the short pass offense.  He is good at finding the underneath stuff like Witten.  The boys dont run this type of offense but run more the high risk over the zone type of passes.  I wished Beasley the best, but for me he may have to leave the boys to continue his NFL career.  I dont consider JG a good OC because he doesnt adjust to the streghth of his player and that is playing Miles, and Beasley in the slot position.

    • Californy They are playing Williams outside which means that Miles is beasleys’ only real competition in the slot. harris isn’t a good fit for the slot so if Miles goes down, I expect to see Beasley step up.

  • EddieGomez

    Beasley is poised to step up !!