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Stanford's Coby Fleener to reunite with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis

The Colts choose the tight end with the second pick of the NFL draft's second round, a day after taking Cardinal quarterback Luck with the No. 1 overall pick.

April 27, 2012|Sam Farmer
  • Widely considered the draft's top tight end prospect, Fleener was a favorite target of Andrew Luck. The first Stanford tight end to make an All-America team since 1959, Fleener averaged 15.5 and 19.6 yards per catch in consecutive seasons.
Widely considered the draft's top tight end prospect, Fleener was… (Paul Sakuma / Associated…)

NEW YORK — Coby Fleener's first NFL route was a comeback pattern.

The Stanford tight end will be reunited in Indianapolis with Andrew Luck, his college quarterback.

"I just sent him a text message that had a lot of exclamation points in it," Fleener said Friday, minutes after the Colts made him the second pick of the NFL draft's second round — 33 selections and 23 hours after Indianapolis used the No. 1 overall pick on Luck.

For Fleener, a first-rounder in most mock drafts, the disappointment of slipping into the second day was quickly washed away when his cellphone finally rang in the green room at Radio City Music Hall.

"I'm sure that Andrew had good things to say about me [to the Colts], but he and I both realized that the Colts have their own plan and it's not him choosing the picks," he said. "So we were excited about the possibility, but I had no idea until the phone rang and it was an Indiana area code."

The Colts weren't done at the position. They used the first pick of the third round to select the second-best tight end in this class, Clemson's Dwayne Allen. It was another reminder that not only is the Peyton Manning era over in Indianapolis, but also that of Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark.

In other noteworthy moves Friday:

•Baltimore made Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw the 35th pick. He attended the draft and was commonly projected as a first-rounder. The Ravens see him as a bookend pass rusher to Terrell Suggs.

•The last player to leave the green room was Louisiana State's Rueben Randle, the last pick of the second round by the New York Giants. A record 26 prospects accepted the invitation to attend the draft.

•St. Louis took a pair of cornerbacks with checkered pasts, North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins in the second round, and Montana's Trumaine Johnson in the third. Both have multiple arrests and both have been tased.

Jenkins, who began his college career at Florida, was asked on a conference call whether he ever lined up against A.J. Greenand/or Julio Jones, now NFL stars with Cincinnati and Atlanta, respectively.

"I played against those guys. I also performed very well…" he said. "Neither one of them scored."

•The fastest player at the 2012 scouting combine was Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds. He was taken in the third round by Minnesota (66th).

•Oakland had just one selection in the first two days, the final pick of the third round, and used it on Utah guard Tony Bergstrom. The Raiders have four picks Saturday, with one in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth.

•After taking South Carolina pass rusher Melvin Jenkins in the first round, San Diego filled two more pressing needs with Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes in the second round and LSU safety Brandon Taylor in the third.

•San Francisco picked up Oregon touchdown machine LaMichael James, who torched defenses for 5,082 yards and 53 scores during his college career. He was taken 61st and is a blistering-fast complement to Frank Gore.

•After four quarterbacks were chosen on Day 1, three more were taken Friday: Arizona State's Brock Osweiler by Denver (57th); Wisconsin's Russell Wilson by Seattle (75th); and Arizona's Nick Foles by Philadelphia (88th).

•The first specialist taken was Cal punter Bryan Anger, 70th by Jacksonville. Judging by the way the Jaguars' last-ranked offense played last season, a good punter is essential.

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