Stanford tight end Coby Fleener has the athleticism to make teams take a second look in the 2012 NFL Draft. The fifth-year senior caught 34 passes for 667 yards and 10 scores in 2011, giving him 17 scoring grabs in the past two years.
Athleticism and precision
- Great height (6-foot-6)
- Big-play threat (averaged 19.6 yards per catch in 2011)
- Agile, with quick feet
- Impressive vertical leaping ability - red zone threat
- Moved all around the field in a pro-style offense
- Quick, natural hands
- Good body control and body fakes while running routes
- Excellent route runner - understands soft spots in the zone
- Willing blocker
- A little thin for his height at 245 pounds
- Lacks physicality and blocking strength
- Not overly fast
- How much did he benefit from Andrew Luck?
- Will be limited to a hybrid pass-catching role in the NFL
Expected draft placement
Fleener isn't able to run at the NFL Scouting Combine because of an ankle injury suffered in the Fiesta Bowl. He is expected to give it a go at his March 22 Pro Day.
Teams that could be interested in Fleener somewhere between the tail end of the first round and the early third include the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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