Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/13/12

Player Name: Coby Fleener
Position: Tight End
School: Stanford
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 244
 
Tight End Coby Fleener was one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets over the past few years at Stanford.  Fleener improved on his 7 TD Junior season with a senior performance of 10 TDs and 667 receiving yards on 34 receptions. 
 
Fleener was originally projected to be selected in around the third or even fourth round earlier in the year, but he has recently climbed draft boards and has snuck into the late first round of several experts’ mock drafts.
 
Strengths: Fleener has a terrific initial burst off the line and gets into his routes quickly: his routes are run very well with rather fluid hips in his breaks.  Quick feet for a tight end with impressive straight-line speed.  Smart player that can read defenders to his advantage in finding open pockets in the defense.  Has the height and big, strong hands to be a major red zone threat.  A lot of starts and experience in a pro style offense.  Could even split him out as a receiver especially in red-zone, jump ball situations.  He isn’t a flawless blocker, but that’s not because of a lack of trying: never stops his feet and has decent blocking form despite being more of a passing game target. 
 
Weaknesses: As mentioned above, Fleener is not as reliable in the blocking game as he is in the passing game, but that is a result of his rather thin frame.  If he could add bulk to his frame, he could become a scary, multi-dimensional TE. 
 
Overall: With the league cracking down on dangerous hits, there have been less and less hits to receivers and tight ends especially going across the middle which has contributed to explosive numbers for tight ends lately who can full extend over the middle for a ball without the possibility of getting whacked(see Gronkowski and Graham); Fleener could also reap the benefits of these rule crackdowns especially since he is a big target across the middle.  Fleener has the size, quickness, and hands to be an effective tight end especially in red zone situations.  His experience in a pro style offense and flexibility in being able to split him out could be a valuable asset to any team looking to improve their passing game.
 
Combine Numbers: Bench Press- 27 reps , 40 yard dash- DNP
 
Fleener didn’t run the 40 yard dash at the combine because of an ankle injury but is expected to run at his pro day March 22nd(expected to be in 4.7 range
 
Projection: Early 2ndround
My money is on Indianapolis taking Fleener with the 34thoverall pick to pair Andrew Luck with another offensive weapon, as is often done with newly drafted QBs, and Fleener would obviously be someone with whom Luck is comfortable.  Don’t count out the NY Giants at #32 or even the San Francisco 49ers (given the Harbaugh connection) at #30 though.

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