2012 Draft Series: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
At 6’6,” Coby Fleener possesses ideal height for the tight end position. Many people think he should add weight to his current 244-pound frame, but I’m not so sure. Fleener is a motion player, not an in-line tight end who excels in the run game. He’s versatile enough to play all over the field, including in the slot, out wide and as an H-Back. It’s his speed and explosiveness, which make him an elite talent. Need to see this speed yourself? Check out the 39-second mark in the clip below.
Fleener is one of the best route-running tight ends I’ve ever studied. He explodes off the football and utilizes deceptive head and shoulder movements to gain separation. You can see that at the 2:18 mark below, when Fleener runs a little Stick-9 route from an in-line position. There is no wasted motion whatsoever. After the catch, Fleener will fight for extra yards (see the 1:05 mark).
As both a pass-catcher and blocker, the primary area of concern for Fleener is his physicality. He sometimes struggles to get off a press, and he needs to work harder to fight through coverage. At the 33-second spot, you can see Fleener run a short dig against a cornerback with inside leverage. The play isn’t there and the ball shouldn’t have been thrown, but Fleener needs to fight through the cornerback to at least break up the the pass.
I really like Fleener, and I think he’s well worthy of a first-round selection. He’s undoubtedly going to be there in my next mock, and I think there’s a chance he goes in the 20s. If he was a better blocker, he’d be a top 20 guy.
For Dallas, Fleener would be a dream second-round pick. I’ve talked before about why the ‘Boys could very well select a tight end in the second round. If Fleener is somehow still on the board, I think he’s the favorite to come to Big D.
If you play fantasy football, Fleener should be your top rookie target. In dynasty leagues, he’s probably a top 10 prospect at the tight end position. By the way, I am 35 pages into my first book, and it will be a “fantasy football Bible” of sorts. I think I am going to publish it as an e-book sometime this summer, so keep an eye out.