We are in the season of misinformation when it relates to the 2012 NFL Draft and some of it’s prospects. Everyone has an opinion and it could just be smokescreens sent out in hopes of a team landing the player they want by ripping him in the media. That said, one NFL scout is now on the attack with Stanford tight end Coby Fleener — the top rated tight end in the draft.
The scout says that Fleener may be the most overrated player in the 2012 draft class.
“He wasn’t even the best tight end on their team,” said the scout. “No. 11 [sophomore Levine Toilolo], that’s the real deal. [Fleener] might be the most overrated guy in the draft. He’s awful as a blocker.
“Despite his workout numbers he’s not really a quick-twitch, dymamic-moving guy. He’s a straight-line, build-up player. All these reports about him being an athlete and this and that, they’re assuming that because he ran fast. He’s really just a red-zone, jump-ball player.”
It’s been pretty well-known that Fleener’s strength has never been his blocking. That is one reason why the New York Giants, despite being a popular choice in mock drafts, would not be a good fit for Fleener. Giants tight end coach Mike Pope wants his tight ends to have elite blocking, that is why he brought in Martellus Bennett during free agency.
I remain a big fan of Fleener and what he can do for a team’s passing attack. However, it isn’t outrageous to say he is overrated due to him being a one-dimensional player. I have Fleener rated as a high second-round pick and would expect him to be off the board in the top 40 picks.
It’s possible, even likely, that some team will jump on Fleener at the bottom of round one, but the best case scenario for Fleener and his future success would be to fall to the Indianapolis Colts and reunite with his quarterback Andrew Luck.