- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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The last pass Andrew Luck ever threw to Coby Fleener (at least for public consumption) was a high ball in the corner of the end zone during Stanford's pro day. Luck intentionally tossed it high so the 6-foot-6 tight end could show off his range as a dangerous red-zone target for the scouts.
The two will probably never hook up again. Right?
Can you just hear the call:
Jim Nantz: Second-and-10 at the Texans 18-yard line. Luck out of the shotgun, rolling to his left, pump-fakes once and fires across his body ... he's got Fleener in the corner of the end zone. Touchdown Colts! That was a rope.
Phil Simms: Wow, Jim. Great throw. Power and accuracy.
Nantz: Say, Phil. Wasn't arm strength the big issue with Luck coming out of Stanford?
Simms: (inaudible mumbling)
Nantz: What's that Phil? I think something is wrong with your mic. We'll look into that. But great throw by Luck and great catch by Fleener.
OK, maybe that's taking it a bit too far. But the Luck-to-Fleener prospect for years to come has to get folks in Indianapolis -- and a nation full of Stanford alumni -- absolutely giddy. But if I had a crisp $1 bill to bet, I'd wager that Fleener doesn't make it out of the first round.
But rankings don't always go hand-in-hand with team's needs. McShay has all four Stanford players ranked in his top 32. DeCastro and Fleener are ranked higher than their projected draft position while Martin is ranked lower than his projected draft position. Luck is pretty much crazy-glued at No. 1.
Fleener also made an appearance this week on Mel Kiper's Big Board based on an outstanding showing at the pro day.
After showing exceptional speed in the 40-yard dash plus great leaping ability, Fleener is now a size (6-foot-6, 247 pounds) and speed combination that teams can imagine splitting out the way the Patriots have with Rob Gronkowski. It's a market hungry for matchup advantages at that position, and Fleener will benefit.
Rounding out this week's projection links is Kiper's top-five ranking at each position.