2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 34

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 22: Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal catches a one yard touchdown pass against the Washington Huskies at Stanford Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We're into the second round and the Indianapolis Colts are back up with the No. 34 pick.

With the 34th pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Stanford tight end Coby Fleener.

Brad Wells of Stampede Blue, SB Nation Indiana, SBNation.com videos and even your friendly draft site checks in with and explanation after the jump and I respond. For more on the Colts, head over to StampedeBlue.com.

Brad Wells explains: HEY! It’s a Colts draft party, and only prospects from Stanford are invited! At pick No. 34, the impulse for the Colts is to take a nose tackle, ANY nose tackle, because their new look 3-4 defense simply will not work without one. It is completely pointless to run 3-4 without a quality nose tackle, and while I had my sights on Brandon Thompson of Clemson, at the end of the day it comes down to value. A kid like Thompson is a nice player. He’ll give you 100%. He’ll play tough. He’ll be a good player in the middle of your defense. However, Fleener has the potential to be a dominant offensive player in the NFL. As the Patriots showed last year, utilizing the tight end in the modern NFL (where safeties can no longer use their helmets to spear receivers over the middle) can carve up just about anyone. The 6’6, 245 lbs Fleener ran a 4.45 second 40 at his Pro Day. A windy, outdoor Pro Day! His hands are football magnets. He can jump. He fights for yardage and drags defenders for first downs. Basically, Fleener has a chance to be a Pro Bowler while most NT prospects here are just solid. Thus, the move here is Fleener with, possibly, grabbing someone like Baylor’s Nicolas Jean-Bapiste in Round Three.

Dan Kadar responds: After stripping most of the talent off the offense in free agency, anything the Colts do would seem like an upgrade. Peyton Manning was more than five years into his NFL career before the Colts drafted a tight end in Dallas Clark. He quickly became one of Manning's favorite targets. By giving Andrew Luck a tight end as a rookie, it would give him a good security fall back in the Colts' new offense. Add to it that he and Fleener already have excellent timing with one another and fantasy owners at least would be drooling. Fleener is considered by most to be a first-round pick, so to get him at this point could be considered a mild steal.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
22 Zach Brown
OLB North Carolina
prospect notes
23 Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
scouting report
24 Andre Branch
DE Clemson
scouting report
25 David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
scouting report
29 Lamar Miller
RB Miami scouting report

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6. St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
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