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.
Here 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.
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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.
Dallas 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,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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 couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t had any problems because weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been successful and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done a good job, but there were questions early.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In his senior year at Little Elm, he started 10 games. He rushed for 1,184 yds on 157 attempts for 12 TDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and an average of 7.5 yds per carry. He also amassed 1,570 yds on 191 passing attempts for 12 TDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and 6 interceptions. Beasley played both ways in high school; Ã‚Â 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 wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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
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; 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 SMUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 SMUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s win at UAB, as the Mustangs snapped a 17-game Conference USA losing streak and a 15-game road losing streak.