News: BTB Dallas Cowboys UDFAs and Roster Battles: Wide Receivers

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    Cole Beasley, SMU

    The diminutive Beasley, who tilts the scales at 5'8", 175, was a four-year starter at SMU, where he flourished in coach June Jones' run-and-shoot system. In 2011, he was selected All-Conference USA First Team after gathering in 79 catches for 954 yards--this after a scintillating junior campaign wherein he caught 87 balls for 1,060 yards and six scores, and added one punt and one kickoff return to his scoring total. Over his collegiate career, Beasley tallied 255 receptions and 14 TDs.

    As his size suggests, the former Mustang is a waterbug (frankly, the recent Danny Coale-Wes Welker comparisons are weak; the guy in camp who most resembles Welker is Beasley). He uses terrific speed (a 4.49 forty) and quickness (6.98-second three-cone drill) to get open. And, despite his size, he's very explosive, as his 38-inch vertical and 10'6" broad jump marks will attest. Probably because of his size - and perhaps due to the fact that he's been seen as a "system" receiver - Beasley is an under-the-radar guy. But, like Welker, the fact that he thrived in a pass-happy college offense might, after some development, translate into NFL success. He clearly knows how to get open.

    Want some visual evidence? Here's a nice highlight compilation. Check it out and determine for yourself whether you can see him driving linebackers and third corners crazy on underneath routes in, say, 2014 and beyond.

    Tim Benford, Tennessee Tech

    Benford was named the Ohio Valley Conference's 2011 Offensive Player of the Year after hauling in 65 receptions for 923 yards. This capped a productive, consistent four-year collegiate career in which he amassed 216 receptions for 3,097 yards and 26 touchdowns and was the first wideout to receive all-Conference honors three years running. This was enough to gain him an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, where we was a standout in practices and performed well in the game

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