Indianapolis Colts Select Tight End Coby Fleener with the 34th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft
With the second pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts finalized one of the more memorable one-two punches in recent draft history. The Colts used the 34th overall pick in the draft on tight end, Coby Fleener. Fleener, at 6’6” 247 pounds, was Andrew Luck’s number one target in college at Stanford. With the drafting of Luck as the first overall pick in round one of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night, the Colts have begun to lay the offensive foundation for the new era in Indianapolis.
Fleener was rated as one of (if not the best overall) tight ends in this year’s draft. He was expected to be selected by teams such as the New York Giants late in the first round, or possibly the St. Louis Rams with the first pick in the second round. The fact that Fleener fell to the Colts in the second round almost solidified the fact that he would be near the top of the list to fill one of the many glaring needs on a decimated Colts roster. with the loss of Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme in the off season, Fleener will provide a stable, constant, and familiar target for a young quarterback with a new team trying to start over.
The Colts still have many holes to fill in the following rounds, but it has quickly become evident that this team will be Luck’s team, and that Indianapolis is dead set on building around their new franchise quarterback.