All Cole Beasley wanted was a shot and now he's getting one.
With the Dallas Cowboys.
Growing up in Little Elm, which is about 45 minutes north of Dallas, Beasley has always been a Cowboys fan and now he'll get the chance to wear the star.
Standing at 5-foot-8, 175 lbs., Beasley was cast away first by Division I colleges, and again by scouts before the NFL Draft.
But he played for four years in June Jones' prolific offense and is now getting the chance to make the Cowboys roster as an undrafted free agent.
Beasley knew the Cowboys were in the cards after attending a workout the organization hosted on April 5 for local talent.
"From what they were telling me then, they sounded real impressed by me," Beasley said. "But I didn't know they were going to [take me] obviously."
But the week leading up to the draft, the Cowboys never called Beasley.
"Teams usually call you and make sure they have the right number and everything," he said. "They didn't call. It got to be the last day and they called me at like 11:30 in the morning and told me they might draft me. If not, they were interested in picking me up after. Then they called me again when it was like the sixth round—I was taking a nap—and they called again and asked if I was frustrated and told me to hang in there. Before the last round was over, I knew I was going there."
Beasley said he initially thought he'd land with the Houston Texans because they had called his agent three times the week before. But they ended up drafting a couple receivers in DeVier Posey (Ohio State) and Keshawn Martin (Michigan State).
Beasley said when he was talking to receivers coach Jimmy Robinson—who coached under June Jones while he was with the Falcons in the 90's, by the way—the coach said that he would get a chance to compete for that third receivers spot.
"He told me basically only two wide receivers had proven themselves and that No. 3 spot was going to be open," Beasley said. "He said nobody had really proven themselves after Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
"And then he said the special teams coach liked me a lot for punt return and kick return. One of my strengths is my quickness because I'm so small, I gotta be. So really we talked about special teams or that No. 3 spot. The more you can do the better because it gives you the opportunity to get on the field.
"The Cowboys give me the best opportunity to make a team."
Other teams that showed interest were Atlanta, Buffalo, Denver, Carolina and Jacksonville.
Beasley believes that by benching 225 lbs. 17 times, posting a 38-inch vertical and 10'6 broad jump at SMU pro day gave him more credibility with teams.
"I think I surprised a lot of people and erased them thinking about my size and everything," he said. "I don't think they thought I was real explosive like that."
But being an undrafted free agent, Beasley knows now is when the work really starts. Teams make cuts all the way through the preseason, so Beasley won't know his roster status for months and knows he has to "stay humble and hungry."
"I don't want to say the hard part is over, but now all I have to do is worry about playing football," he said. "I got my opportunity to get in, now I have to work hard and I'm ready for my chance."
Jones has constantly reminded Beasley that he has faith in him at the next level.
"He told me he knows I can play at that level, it's just a matter of if I get a fair chance or not and if the coaches know how to use me," Beasley said. "I'll be most successful at that level in the slot and off the ball. I feel like if I'm off the ball—and I know a lot of teams play zone—but if it comes down to man and I'm off the ball and have space, I don't think anybody can touch me."
Beasley reports to a three-day rookie minicamp Thursday at 2 p.m. He said there will be two practices on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.
"I'm really excited for that and to meet the rest of the guys," he said.
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