'Boys Agree With Local UFA

Like every team in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have begun the mad scramble to sign undrafted free agents, and didn't have to go far to land their first.

Minutes after the conclusion of the draft, SMU wide receiver Cole Beasley told RanchReport.com that he has reached an agreement to join the Cowboys.

Beasley, who measured 5' 7-7/8" and weighed in at 174 pounds at SMU's Pro Day, is an exceptionally athletic slot receiver who also can contribute on special teams as a return specialist. He led the Mustangs with 86 receptions in his senior season for 1,040 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His 255 career receptions are the second-highest total in SMU history and seventh-most in the history of Conference USA. His 2,959 yards are the third-highest in the history of the Mustangs' program and the 14th-highest total in C-USA history.

Beasley said that he and his agent, Justin Turner, had discussed his options if he didn't get drafted.

"I knew before it ended," Beasley said, "that if I didn't get picked, I was going to sign with Dallas."

Beasley said there were other teams that expressed interest, but said that he and Turner agreed that the Cowboys represented the best fit.

"The Houston Texans called, and said that if I didn't get drafted, they wanted me to sign with them," Beasley said. "A lot of teams called, but Houston and Dallas were the only ones that called after the draft was over, and by that time, I knew I was going to sign with the Cowboys.

"Out of the teams that said they were interested in me, they needed the most help at receiver, and they said I'd have a chance to be that third receiver. Obviously, I'd have to beat out some other people, because I think they said they only have six on their roster, but they said I'd get that chance. It seemed like the place that gave me the best chance to get on the field."

Beasley was among several Mustangs who visited the Cowboys' Valley Ranch complex before the draft for its "Dallas Day" tryout, the Cowboys' version of a league-wide event in which NFL teams are allowed to bring in players who play their college football or grew up within the team's local area. A native of nearby Little Elm (about 35 miles north of Dallas), Beasley qualified on both counts.

"They said they liked the way I caught the ball, and they said their special teams coach (Joe DeCamillis) liked me," Beasley said. "I did both — punt returns and kickoff returns — and they said (DeCamillas) liked the way I caught the ball, I guess.

"I had a few choices, but I felt like Dallas gave me the best chance to make a team and get on the field, and it's home, so it's really exciting for my parents and my grandparents, too."
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