For Virginia Tech wide receiver Danny Coale, Thursday will begin a four-day action packed experience that has come to be known as the NFL Scouting Combine.
Coale, Virginia Tech’s second all-time leading receiver, talked about what it’s like heading into that all-important time.
“It’s a lot of nerves. It’s like an anxious excited. It’s going to be nerve-wracking. You hear all sorts of stories and you don’t really know what to expect. You kind of overload your mind with thoughts like there are going to be all these people there and all these interviewes and questions and physicals.”
Despite all that pressure, Coale seems to be taken a very level headed approach.
“What I’ve tried to do is step back and see how fortunate and blessed I am to be in that situation, to be one of those fortunate and chosen ones. Then, I get really excited and honored to be one of those guys. I’m excited about getting an opportunity to go out and compete.”
Coale is excited about more than just competing in the combine field events.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to show teams who I am interviews,” he said. “I think that’s going to be neat to sit down and talk with them a little bit.”
Coale is also eager to put up some impressive numbers in various combine events such as the forty-yard dash.
“I have some numerical goals. I want to run under a 4.5, some numbers what I think would be comparable to other guys. I’m just going to give it my best.”
When all is said and done, Coale could widen quite a few eyes not mainly because he has his share of skeptics.
But Coale has embraced the role of an underdog.
“I do feel like an underdog and I prefer that. I was an underdog coming out of high school and not heavily recruited. At the time, you want to be that guy with all the offers. But I don’t think I would have changed it. It motivated me and made me who I am today. I’ve realized that’s the mentality that I want going forward.”