From high school to the 2012 NFL Draft, Coby Fleener has been a highly touted tight end with great size, speed and strength. It’s why the Indianapolis Colts drafted Fleener at the top of the second round in 2012. Fleener has all of the potential to be a superstar tight end in a league that has seen a resurgence in tight end play.
Fleener’s first taste of national attention came after a solid senior season in high school. He left the Joliet Catholic Academy after posting over 700 yards and 8 touchdowns on 34 catches. He was the 15th best recruit in the state of Illinois and the 40th best tight end in the nation, according to Rivals.com. In addition to football, Coby was also a great basketball player as he earned all-area honors during his junior season. After being recruited by a few colleges, Coby eventually settled on Stanford.
Coby sat out his first season at Stanford in 2007. In 2008, he was a redshirt freshman and played in all 12 games. However, his production was low as he totaled only 13 catches for 176 yards. His numbers slightly rose in 2009 as he finished his sophomore season with 21 catches for 266 yards and one touchdown. He finished as the 3rd leading receiver on the team.
Fleener’s hard work started paying off in 2010. Once again he finished as the 3rd leading receiver on the team, but nearly doubled his production. He tallied 28 catches for 434 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also earned 2nd team all-Pac 10 honors. Additionally, Fleener developed a great relationship with star quarterback Andrew Luck, which was evident during the 2011 season.
In 2011, the pressure was on Stanford to repeat their success of 2010 as the team was dreaming of winning the BCS national title. Although their dream didn’t come true, their top two stars shined brightly. Both Luck and Fleener had statistically great seasons as Fleener became Luck’s “go to” receiver. Fleener finished with a team high 10 touchdowns, 34 receptions and 667 yards receiving. He earned National Honors for his stellar play and finished his career as one of the most productive tight ends in Stanford history.
Coby’s collegiate success catapulted him up the draft boards as he became the consensus choice for the top tight end in the 2012 Draft. Fleener’s combine and pro day results didn’t disappoint either. In fact, the results had every general manager drooling over the possibility of adding the freakishly athletic Fleener. Coby posted a 4.52 40-yard dash time at 6’6″ and 247 pounds. This size and speed will provide matchup problems for opposing defenses as he’s too big for defensive backs to cover and he’s too fast for linebackers to cover.
Fleener showed off his strength during the combine as he benched 225 pounds for 27 reps, which was one of the top marks for all of the tight ends. His strength also translates on the football field as he’s a solid run blocker. Coby also posted a 37″ inch vertical jump at his pro day, which will definitely pose problems for smaller defenders.
With all of his success on the field, and all of his physical skills, it’s no wonder why the Indianapolis Colts front office, coaching staff, players and fans are excited to have Fleener on their team.