The Colts have brought in someone close to Andrew Luck to catch passes from him – as the team picked Stanford TE Coby Flenner with their second round pick.
Fleener has been a consistent producer for Stanford over the past few seasons. He was second for the Cardinal in receiving in 2011. Fleener caught 34 passes for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns. Throughout the season, he was a steady and reliable receiver for quarterback Andrew Luck.
In the NFL, Fleener should be a good target to exploit the deep middle of the field. He was very skilled at running routes down the middle seam. He uses his length and hands to make tough catches in the center of the field. Fleener has underrated quickness to get downfield and find soft spots in zone coverage. His size is a real mismatch for defensive backs, while linebackers struggle with his quickness.
Fleener is a well-rounded player. He blocks well in the ground game to help open holes. It is obvious that he has been coached up on blocking technique. He could use more power and bulk to be an effective blocker in the NFL. If he can’t add weight, power running teams may not view him as a three-down player, and think of him only as a receiving tight end. For the next level, Fleener could be a good fit in a zone-blocking ground scheme.