NEW YORK, NY(WLFI) - On Thursday night the Indianapolis Colts selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the number one overall pick. On Friday, the Colts reunited Luck with his favorite weapon at Stanford, tight end Coby Fleener.
Fleener was drafted by the Colts with 34th overall pick.
" I am so happy for him and for his family. He is a great guy. You will love him. (He is) a really good guy," said Luck. "For me, getting to play with him the past couple of years, it is speed, he is dynamic. Anytime we crossed the 50-yard line it seemed like we just said, ‘Coby, go run. Go run past the safeties.' Hopefully it continues to work out."
"I sat there yesterday thinking there were some teams that could have picked me and I wasn't sure," said Fleener. "Then, today when the Colts came up, I still wasn't sure until I got the call on my phone that had an Indiana area code and I had a big smile on my face at that point."
Many scouts had the 6-foot-6, 244-pound Fleener ranked as the draft's best tight end after he clocked a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at his pro day workout last month. Some thought the Colts were so enamored with giving Luck a new option -- and a familiar face -- in his first NFL offense that they might trade back into the first
The Colts needed a tight end after cutting former Pro Bowler Dallas Clark on March 9 and losing backup tight end Jacob Tamme to Denver in free agency. The only tight end on Indy's current roster are Brody Eldridge, who has been primarily a blocker in his first two NFL seasons, and the untested Kyle Miller.
In four seasons, Fleener caught 96 passes for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns, a career record for Cardinal tight ends. His numbers improved each season, topping out with 34 receptions for 667 yards and a team-best 10 TDs in 2011 when he was a first-team all-Pac 12 selection.
Then, in round 3 with the 64 pick, the Colts selected another tight end in Clemson's Dwayne Allen.
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