Coby Fleener 2012 NFL Draft scouting report

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 5: Tight end Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal makes a catch over safety Ryan Murphy #25 of the Oregon State Beavers on November 5, 2011 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

Coby Fleener
6'5 3/4, 247 pounds | Tight end | Stanford

Blocking:
Needs to learn how to rely more on his frame and natural length advantage. Gives a good effort, but Fleener's technique isn't refined. He doesn't always get good hand placement and will keep a narrow base. Puts out a good effort though, so this will be a coachable area in the NFL.

Hands/after the catch: With this size, Fleener has a huge catch radius, probably the largest in this class. Because of that, he's a big target in the offense. He hands to go with it, too. Fleener routinely makes hand catches and secures the ball high in his frame after the catch. Doesn't necessarily have the elusiveness and agility to make defenders miss after the catch and is a fairly straight-line runner.



Release: Fleener has quick feet and gets off the line smoothly and in a hurry. Quickly moves past linemen and linebackers who try to hold him at the line of scrimmage.

Route running: One of the more unique things about Fleener is how Stanford used him. He was lined up in-line, in the slot, out wide and as an H-back. Because of that, and Stanford's offense in general, Fleener has advanced route running skill. He knows when to run a route fast and hard and when to slow play his route. Knows how to pick apart a zone.

Final word: Throughout the offsesaon process, Fleener has become everyone's favorite tight end. He's got impressive size, great straight-line speed. His strengths are evident. But Fleener is more of a receiving tight end than anything else. He's a little behind as a blocker and not overly elusive after the catch. Fleener is probably be the first tight end drafted, but he'll need to be put in the right situation to be fully utilized.

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