NFL Draft 2012: Colts Make Brilliant Move Pairing Coby Fleener with Andrew Luck

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IApril 27, 2012

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 05: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 and tight end Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate a touchdown in the third quarter during the game against the Oregon State Beavers on November 5, 2011 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. Stanford won the game 38-13. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts used their first two picks of the 2012 NFL draft to brilliantly land Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener, two of the best offensive weapons in this year's draft class.

From ProFootballTalk, via Twitter:

Coby Fleener is reunited with Andrew Luck wp.me/p14QSB-2F9m

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 27, 2012

Fleener is tall, fast and catches everything thrown his way. He will be for Luck what Dallas Clark was for Peyton Manning, and I expect the two of them to connect on a regular basis.

There are some who question why Fleener didn't produce massive numbers at Stanford. They ask, "If he's so good, then why didn't he catch 80 passes?"

Stanford was a power-running team, first and foremost. Throughout Luck's career, he handed the ball off as many times as he dropped back to pass. 

Fleener will be a major factor in the Colts' offensive game plans. Until defenses figure out how to stop guys like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Smith, he'll follow in their footsteps, dominating linebackers and safeties on his way to the end zone.

Things are starting to look good for Luck and the Colts. Fleener now joins Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery and Austin Collie as the primary weapons—every one of whom can downright fly down the field.

It's tough for quarterbacks to make the transition from college to the NFL, but this move by the Colts will go a long way towards making Luck's journey a smooth one.

 

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