Prospect Profiles are back, with today’s feature on Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. Fleener is one of the top tight ends in this year’s crop, mostly alternating between one or two now thanks in part to Georgia product Orson Charles’s recent DUI. Fleener is such an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size and playmaking ability, as well as his substantial experience in a pro style offense while at Stanford.

Take a closer look after the jump.

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Coby Fleener
RS Senior, TE
Stanford University
6-6, 245

To start, Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has this to say of Fleener:

A tall, athletically put together tight end with a leaner frame, but has the ability to add more girth as he matures. Is natural sitting into his stance. Fires off the ball low and doesn’t waste any motion getting into his routes. Does a nice job exploding off the line and can get into his routes quickly. Is a good straight-line athlete when asked to run vertically down the field. However, it’s his savvy that really makes him a tough cover. Knows how to use a subtle head/shoulder fake in order to set up defenders and does a nice job changing gears as well. Accelerates quickly down the field, tracks the football well and is coordinated enough to adjust. Also, displays good fluidity and balance on his sharply breaking routes. Stems his route well, is sudden/quick footed in tight areas and displays burst out of his breaks. Does a nice job using his strong hands and long arms well in order to separate vs. defenders who want to get physical. Likes to use their momentum against them as he gets them off balance and accelerates toward space. Finds soft spots well underneath and isn’t afraid to work the middle of the field.

Isn’t used a ton as an in-line guy in the run game. More of a motion/move tight end who looks natural in space pulling into the second level and hitting a moving target. Doesn’t do a great job breaking down however, gets a bit overextend at times into blocks, but can reach defenders off his frame. Has the ability to gain leverage in the run game, but just lacks the great strength in his lower half at this stage to routinely get a push. However, his strength should improve with time. Displays natural balance in pass protection on the rare occasions they do keep him in and can hold his own reaching the corner and anchoring initially with some consistency on the edge when helping with the double

Impression: An impressive pass catcher who can win both down the field and underneath vs. man coverage. Has the frame and flexibility to develop into a solid blocker as well and looks like a future starting caliber NFL TE.

CBS Sports ranks Fleener as the number two tight end and the 46th overall prospect, and three of their expert mock drafts have the Giants taking Fleener in round one.

Game film:
Coby Fleener #82: Highlights

We’ve taken a look at one tight end already, Clemson’s Dwayne Allen, profiled here – in my opinion the best TE in this class. I’d rank Fleener second, and after watching some of his tape he’s closer to Allen in my opinion than what I had originally thought. Fleener will win a starting spot at some point during his first year in the league. Down the road he’ll develop into a solid NFL tight end who will have no real glaring weakness. He’s worth a look at the end of round one, like Allen.