With the 17th pick in the fifth round, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Virginia Tech receiver Danny Coale, a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria. He is the second-leading receiver in Hokies’ history.
Coale, the 152nd pick overall, is the Cowboys’ first offensive selection in the draft. Some scouts have doubted Coale’s potential as an NFL receiver, given his 6-foot, 200-pound frame, but others believe he has the skills and guile to to succeed in the NFL.
Coale, a second-team All-Met in 2006, caught 60 passes for a team-high 904 yards at Tech last season. Coale caught what appeared to be an overtime touchdown pass in the Sugar Bowl loss to Michigan. Officials ruled that the pass was incomplete.
In Dallas, Coale joins Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, one of the league’s best receiving tandems. Laurent Robinson, who caught 11 touchdowns for the Cowboys last season, has since signed with Jacksonville.