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2015 NFL DRAFT

Coby Fleener, TE

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lemont, IL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 247 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3111-2
Latest News
04/30/2012 - Fleener on coming to the Colts and working once again with Luck: "Absolutely, I think anytime you can go into a camp with someone you are familiar with, it's exciting. To add to that having (the quarterback) being the guy throwing you the ball, who is also on the offensive side of the ball to learn the playbook with is really an asset." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think that is really icing on the cake. How can that not help? (Andrew Luck) knows (Coby Fleener) and they have timing together. They have been on the same team together, they have won big games and been in big games together. It is just kind of staring you in the face. It is such a natural thing. I don't see how that can be anything but a great positive, because he is so used to him and already knows him. He is used to seeing him when he looks down the seam." -- General manager Ryan Grigson on drafting former Stanford teammates Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Colts picks: 2/34 - Coby Fleener, TE, 6-6, 250, Stanford...Big, strong, fast, athletic tight end in the mold of former Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark. Can get downfield in a hurry. Former teammate of Luck's at Stanford. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Grigson on the Colts taking two tight ends with successive picks: "It is nice when your board lines up with your needs. It worked out real (well). We secured two great football players that were just staring at us right in the face. I talked about it in previous conversations that sometimes there are players up there that you are kind of looking at and saying, 'Wow, that guy is still up there.' These were definitely two of those types of players in (rounds) two and in three. That is just being honest with you guys. We got two really good football players that are going to help us tremendously in a spot where we lost some players at an important position for us moving forward in this offense." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - TE Coby Fleener, Stanford -- Andrew Luck's favorite target for the Cardinal, the 6-6, 247-pounder was a late bloomer and more of a beefed up wide receiver who offers little as a blocker. But he fills an immediate position of need and was the first tight end off the board. The Colts released Dallas Clark in March, and Luck needs an underneath security blanket.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 23. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: Despite the fact that he was still limited by the high right ankle sprain that kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl and the Combine, Fleener distanced himself from the other tight ends in the 2012 draft in approximately 4.45-4.50 seconds. Those are the times scouts had for the 6-6, 247 pound All-American at his March 22 Pro Day. Better yet, Fleener demonstrated quick feet, impressive body control and soft hands in pass catching drills. For NFL teams searching for the next Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, Fleener's the guy from this draft class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/18/2012 - Coby Fleener watched from the sidelines as National Football League prospects with Bay Area ties worked out in front of 49ers coaches and scouts at Wednesday's local pro day. The Stanford tight end, considered by many to be a potential fit for San Francisco's No. 30 overall selection in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was the highest-profile player in attendance. However, Fleener, who's met with less than 10 teams during the pre-draft process, elected to not participate in drills. So why did Fleener attend the workout? "To meet with coaches, kind of say hello, and get to know everyone," said the 6-foot-4, 244-pound tight end who was recruited to Stanford by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Fleener was also there to support his Cardinal teammates looking to make an impression on the 49ers staff. "From what I saw, a lot of guys from Stanford were doing very well," Fleener said. One of those prospects was safety Delano Howell. The hard-hitting 5-foot-11, 210-pound prospect said he's open to being reunited with 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, his former Stanford coordinator for Delano's junior year. "It's definitely an honor to perform in front of Lord Fangio," Howell said. "He's a genius on the defensive side and I had a great opportunity to play under him two years ago. It was definitely great seeing him again." - Taylor Price, 49ers.com

04/09/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: TE Coby Fleener, Stanford (6-6, 247): After spraining his ankle in the Fiesta Bowl, Fleener only lifted at the combine (27 reps). He rehabbed his injury to get ready for Stanford's pro day on March 22 and blew away scouts with his 40 times in the mid-4.4s. Fleener has been beaten up over his football career and carries some durability issues, but is still expected to be the top player off the board at his position because of his athleticism for his size. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

03/26/2012 - Stanford senior tight end Coby Fleener may have done himself, and his wallet, a favor with his outstanding performance at last Thursday's Stanford Pro Day. A large gathering of NFL personnel was there to see quarterback Andrew Luck, projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the April 26-28 NFL Draft, do his thing. But the 6-foot-6, 247-pound Fleener attracted attention and probably improved his draft position in the process. Multiple reports had the Joliet Catholic graduate timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40 with a breeze at his back. Into the wind, it was 4.51. Those times typically belong to wide receivers and defensive backs. He supplemented that speed with a 37-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump, both excellent as well. When I talked with Fleener last month, he mentioned the manner in which tight ends such as New England's Rob Gronkowski and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham were used in the NFL last season, where they stretched the field vertically. "The swing toward Gronkowski and Graham and some of the other tight ends in the NFL right now, yeah, to think I could be one of those guys some day would be pretty cool," he said. Gronkowski reportedly ran a 4.65 with the wind and 4.73 against the wind at Arizona's 2010 Pro Day. Fleener, a Lemont native, attended the NFL Combine on Feb. 22-28 at Indianapolis and went through the interview process, but he did not run then because he felt he was not 100 percent after suffering a high ankle sprain in the Fiesta Bowl game against Oklahoma State. - The Joliet Herald News

03/22/2012 - Stanford Pro Day: While Luck certainly was the headliner of the workout, scouts expect he'll be joined in the April 26 first round by three other Cardinal. Fleener, the lone senior of Stanford's "Fantastic Four" and the one battling the hardest to be included in the first-round conversation, certainly looked the part of a top 32 prospect Wednesday, dazzling scouts with his speed, agility and sure hands. Fleener, measuring in at 6-5, 241 pounds, was clocked between 4.45-4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash and more important, carried over that speed into a positional workout that featured several impressive catches, including one down the deep middle in which he was forced to turn back toward the ball and adjust to a high pass thrown slightly behind him. Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated tight end, also tested very well in the vertical jump (37 inches). He'd proven his strength at the Scouting Combine by posting 27 repetitions of 225 pounds, tied for second among all tight ends tested this year. Fleener's workout was viewed by some as even more critical than Luck's choreographed throwing session, as the tight end wasn't able to participate in the Combine due to a high right ankle sprain. The injury threatened to rob Fleener of this opportunity, as well. After slipping running the three cone drill, Fleener was seen having his right ankle re-taped. He seemed no worse for the wear, however, during his positional drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 37. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford, 6-6, 245, 1-2...Another former star high school basketball player who has the leaping ability and soft, sure hands that are mandatory in that sport. Fleener lined up at almost every eligible receiver position at Stanford and was a huge target for Luck. Fleener showed a good feel for finding soft spots in zones and had the speed and guts to run across the middle to catch passes in stride without blinking. He is not built for, nor does he seem to relish those tough, in-line blocking assignments. He was most productive as a senior with 34 catches, 667 yards and 10 touchdowns, boosting his four-year totals to career totals in included 96 catches, 667 yards and ten touchdowns, 96 catches, 667 yards (16.1-yard average) and 10 scores. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/23/2012 - Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, whose game is built on speed, was named after a slovenly offensive lineman who prided himself on being a "hog." As the story goes, Michelle Fleener was watching a Redskins game on television and saw the name "Jacoby" on the back of Washington tackle Joe Jacoby. She asked her husband Bill about naming their son Jacoby and was rejected. Then came a difficult labor, Bill Fleener didn't have the heart to tell her no, and Jacoby Fleener was born. "So here I am," Fleener, who goes by "Coby," told the assembled media Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Fleener, 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, even got to talk with Joe Jacoby recently and thinks he's found a new friend. Because of an ankle injury in the Fiesta Bowl, Fleener won't be able to show off the speed that has him projected as a late or early second-round draft pick April 26-28. Instead, Fleener will participate in the bench press and in interview sessions. He said he's on track to run the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day March 22, the result of which could add or subtract a considerable amount of money to his first professional contract. - Jerry McDonald, The San Jose Mercury News

02/20/2012 - Fleener suffered his ankle injury playing against Blackmon's Oklahoma State Cowboys January 3 in the Fiesta Bowl. The injury kept Fleener out of the Senior Bowl. According to a source close to the situation, Fleener has recovered suffiiciently from the injury but hasn't yet had an opportunity to prepare fully for the Combine-specific workouts. Though he won't be able to work out, Fleener will attend the Combine to participate in the medical testing and interview process. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Coby Fleener is the first-team all-Pac-12 tight end, and is the Cardinal's big play receiver. He is probably more of deep threat than the Cardinal wide receivers. The third-fastest player on the team, the 6-6, 245-pound Fleener is an excellent athlete who has 10 touchdown catches, easily the most in the country by a tight end. He is part of Stanford's outstanding tight end trio that includes Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo. They will present matchup problems for the Cowboys. - The Sports Xchange

09/26/2011 - Senior TE Coby Fleener has not missed any practices despite being knocked out of the Sept. 17 game with a head injury, so he will be available to play against UCLA and is likely to be a starter. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Coby Fleener - Any of the four tight ends Stanford has could be a standout, but Fleener figures to be the starter, so he will have the most opportunity to star. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: TE Coby Fleener - Anybody who plays the tight end position could be the breakout star for the Cardinal, assuming the new coaches use the tight end as effectively as Jim Harbaugh did. The breakout star also could be TE Zach Ertz, who was outstanding in the spring, or TE Levin Toilolo, who was the Cardinal's starting tight end in the 2010 opener as a redshirt freshman but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in that game. The 6-8 Toilolo has loads of natural talent, and if his knee is completely healthy, he could become a star. - The Sports Xchange

07/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Coby Fleener, Stanford, Sr, is one of 34 tight ends named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list for the 2001 college football season by the Nassau County (N.Y.) Sports Commission. The Mackey Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. A fifth-year senior, Fleener has appeared in 38 games, including 11 starts, over the past three seasons. He is coming off his most productive season to date last year, when he caught 28 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. He hauled in a career-high six receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. - Stanford football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - Fleener on coming to the Colts and working once again with Luck: "Absolutely, I think anytime you can go into a camp with someone you are familiar with, it's exciting. To add to that having (the quarterback) being the guy throwing you the ball, who is also on the offensive side of the ball to learn the playbook with is really an asset." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think that is really icing on the cake. How can that not help? (Andrew Luck) knows (Coby Fleener) and they have timing together. They have been on the same team together, they have won big games and been in big games together. It is just kind of staring you in the face. It is such a natural thing. I don't see how that can be anything but a great positive, because he is so used to him and already knows him. He is used to seeing him when he looks down the seam." -- General manager Ryan Grigson on drafting former Stanford teammates Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener. - The Sports Xchange

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