In his most recent 2012 NFL Mock Draft, Wes Bunting of the National Football Post selected Stanford tight end Coby Fleener for the New York Giants with the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Let's make Fleener the topic of today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile. To start, this is what Bunting said when selecting Fleener for the Giants.
"As if this offense needs another weapon on it. However, Fleener has the ability to be that every down type "on the line Y" who can create down the field and at 6-6, 245-pounds has the size to mature into a very capable blocker."
Interestingly, Bunting has Fleener coming off the board before Dwayne Allen of Clemson or Orson Charles of Georgia.
In his full scouting report on Fleener, Bunting says:
"An impressive pass catcher who can win both down the field and underneath vs. man coverage. Has the frame and flexibility to develop into a solid blocker as well and looks like a future starting caliber NFL TE."
The Giants have an obvious need at tight end with Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum facing long rehabs from surgery for torn ACLs suffered in the Super Bowl. We have already profiled Allen.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks has Fleener ranked No. 44 on his Big Board as of now. He writes:
"A rare tight end with extensive experience playing in a pro-style system. Fleener is not only a polished route runner and pass catcher, he is also a respectable blocker capable of staying on the field as an every-down playmaker."
Coby Fleener Profile
40 time: 4.75 (Pre-Combine)
2011 Stats: 34 receptions, 667 yards, 19.6 yards per catch, 10 touchdowns
Coby Fleener #82: Highlights (via StanfordFball)