2012 NFL Draft News: Coby Fleener Could Go in 1st Round After Stanford's Pro Day
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Only one day after Robert Griffin III celebrated his highly successful collegiate career with a rousing pro0day performance, Andrew Luck led his teammates into the spotlight in Palo Alto. Like Griffin, Luck has some talented teammates that give us more to focus on than just the QB performance.
Let's get that out of the way first. ESPN's Todd McShay reports that Luck was accurate on 45 out of 48 scripted passes, and that he showed slightly less zip, but better changing of velocity than Griffin did. Luck was accurate despite a windy day, and McShay also thought Luck had more precise ball placement in the "strike zone" than Griffin did.
Luck threw a ball 75 yards in the air at the end of his workout, and McShay felt that Luck only reinforced that he is the right pick for the Indianapolis Colts.
One of Luck's passes in the back of the end zone showed off TE Coby Fleener's leaping ability, and that's not all that Fleener used to impress. Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar reports that Fleener had unofficial 40 times of 4.45 and 4.5, a 37" vertical and a 9'8" broad jump. Put that in a 6'6", 247-pound frame and you might have a first-round pick.
David DeCastro, who is the elite guard prospect in this draft class, also showed off his ability to play center, which should only enhance his draft stock for teams looking at him in the top 20 of the first round.
Jonathan Martin, the last possible first-round pick from the Cardinal, might have hurt his stock with a 5.33 and 5.43 40 (McShay had him at 5.27 and 5.36), and Farrar brought up concerns that he might not have the lateral agility to play left tackle in the pros.
Still, Martin losing buzz would only drop him from a potential top 10-15 pick to a second half of the first-round pick because of the scarcity of proven offensive tackles in the draft.
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