2012 NFL Draft: The 5 Best Video Highlights of Stanford Cardinal TE Coby Fleener

David LevinSenior Writer IIApril 17, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: The 5 Best Video Highlights of Stanford Cardinal TE Coby Fleener

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    While everyone has been talking about the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers dominating the first round of the NFL draft, has anyone noticed that Stanford may put four offensive players on NFL teams in the first round?

    Andrew Luck will be the first pick in the draft, that is a given. And offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro will be taken somewhere in the middle of the first round as well. But Coby Fleener, Luck's favorite target in the Cardinal offense, could also come off the board within the first 32 picks.

    Who knew the offense was this good and if so, why didn't Stanford claim a national title?

    Fleener is the best tight end prospect on the board and for teams that may need a solid pass catcher and blocker.

    Here is a look at some of the reasons why Fleener is the top prospect at his position and why he should hear his name called early.

The Mackey Award Winner

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    At 6'6" tall, Fleener is an imposing figure to try and block, let alone try and cover on third down.

    He also is pretty good with his footwork and can move well off the line of scrimmage.

2011 Orange Bowl

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    Fleener has proven he was Andrew Luck's favorite target all throughout the 2011 season. His ability to beat coverages in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma State led to three touchdowns in the contest.

    If Fleener gets one-on-one coverage, he uses his size to take the ball away from the defense.

    He will be a great red-zone target

Notre Dame 2011

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    Like all great players, if you want to know where you stand, go play against the best.

    Against Notre Dame, Fleener got plenty of separation and scored across the middle in to the end zone.

    Teams can use him as a third wide receiver because at 244 pounds, he is still agile enough to move quickly through a defense.

Always Ahead or Behind the Pack

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    The one thing that is evident in this video, and in others, is Fleener seems to be racing down the sideline to make a catch or has gotten so open he sometimes has to slow down to catch the pass thrown to him.

    That isn't a problem with the Cardinal offense, that just proves he is that great as a receiver.

The One-Handed Catch

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    If there was ever any doubt about Fleener and his ability to catch a football, then all you have to do is watch the game against UCLA.

    Fleener has the ability to also break away from defenders and get separation, which is something good tight ends like Vernon Davis and Gregg Olsen are able to do.