IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys stopped taking care of the defensive coaches and selected wide receiver Danny Coale from Virginia Tech with the fifth-pick of the NFL draft Saturday afternoon.
The Cowboys were open to taking a wide receiver if he possessed the ability to return kicks. Coale caught 60 passes for 904 yards with three touchdowns last season for the Hokies.
After taking four defensive players, wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson talked to the Cowboys brass in the war room during the fourth round.
At 5-11 and 201 pounds, Coale ran a 4.5 40 at the scouting combine and appears to have some quickness the Cowboys can use coming out of the slot.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he wanted to see competition at the backup wide receiver spots. Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway, Andre Holmes and Coale will try to backup Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.