Chicago Bears: Coby Fleener

Chicago Bears second-round pick Alshon Jeffery initially declined an invitation to attend the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event to be held in Los Angeles from May 17-20 because he was reluctant to skip portions of the club's offseason workout program following last weekend's rookie minicamp.

But Jeffery altered his plans when informed of a provision in Article 21 of the 2011 CBA which addresses the necessity for clubs to permit the absence of rookies to participate in the event. In addition, players are not able to work out with their respective teams if they turn down the chance to attend the Rookie Premiere, according to an NFLPA spokesperson.

The 35 rookies in attendance at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which will include Jeffery, will be photographed at the Rose Bowl in their respective professional jerseys by trading card companies Panini America and Topps. The 2012 rookies will also be the first class to don the NFL's new Nike uniforms.

Other rookies to receive an invite with local ties include: former Notre Dame and current Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd, San Francisco 49ers first-round choice and ex-Illinois wideout A.J. Jenkins and Joliet Catholic Academy product and Indianapolis Colts second-round selection tight end Coby Fleener.

NFL's TE trend favors JCA product Fleener

April, 16, 2012
Coby Fleener Mark Zerof/US PresswireJoliet Catholic alum Coby Fleener had 10 touchdown receptions for Stanford last season.
Joliet Catholic Academy product Coby Fleener plans to be front and center when the NFL draft kicks off on April 26.

"The NFL invited me to New York City for the event, so I'll be sitting there at the draft," Fleener said during a recent phone interview between workouts.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has the tight end Fleener, who is training on the Stanford campus as he attempts to finish up school, going to the New York Giants with the 32nd pick.

"Your guess is as good as mine," Fleener said. "I really don't know where I'm going. I just want to get drafted. A lot of this stuff is done to throw off other teams, and I guess to throw me off. I don't know."

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