Dallas Cowboys notes: Coale to receive shot as No. 3 receiver

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As the Dallas Cowboys look for a new No. 3 receiver, they are going to throw their fifth-round pick into the competition.

"He's in the mix," coach Jason Garrett said Saturday of Danny Coale, taken with the 152nd pick out of Virginia Tech, where he is second all-time in catches and yards.

"He's a guy that we like physically. We like him intangibly. He's got some position versatility and flexibility," Garrett said.

Coale caught 165 passes for 2,658 yards (16.3 average) and eight touchdowns at Virginia Tech. He returned eight punts as a senior. He also punted, averaging 43.5 yards on 13 attempts late in the season last year.

"We feel like he has good traits to be an inside receiver, also the physical skills to be an outside receiver," Garrett said. "We're excited about him at the receiver position, but also as a special teams contributor. Very good career there at Virginia Tech."

College signees

The Cowboys did not provide a list of the undrafted college players they signed.

But texts and Twitter updates showed North Texas running back Lance Dunbar, SMU receiver Cole Beasley and Abilene Christian defensive end Ashton Whiteside had at least reached agreements with the Cowboys.

Others included South Florida running back Darrell Scott, Arkansas cornerback Isaac Madison, North Carolina State tight end George Bryan, Prairie View defensive end Adrian Hamilton, Texas A&M cornerback Lionel Smith and Penn State tight end Andrew Szczerba.

The Cowboys' website listed Oklahoma State tackle Levy Adcock as a reported signee.

The Cowboys confirmed the signing of Memphis guard Ronald Leary.

Dunbar, a Haltom High School graduate, averaged 100.9 yards and a touchdown per game in his four-year career at North Texas. He rushed for 4,138 yards and scored 41 touchdowns in 41 games.

'Overachievers'

Jason Garrett has a reputation for liking overachievers, but he said the Cowboys' seven draftees weren't chosen strictly because they were overachievers.

"It's not like they are 'makeup' guys, undersized guys who will run through the wall for you but they can't play in the NFL," Garrett said. "These guys have the physical traits to play.... They are big enough, long enough, fast enough. They have the traits that are required to play their position."

In addition, they weren't taken strictly for special teams, either, Garrett said.

"We feel like they can be position players for us," he said. "We are fortunate that at least the bottom five guys can be really good special teams players for us, as well."

Blocking TE

Jason Garrett said sixth-round pick James Hanna can be a blocking tight end as well as a receiving tight end.

"We feel like he has the measurables to be an on-the-line tight end, put his hand in the ground and block defensive ends in this league," Garrett said.

Hanna was the fastest tight end at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he also was the top tight end in agility drills.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760

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