Quarterback Andrew Luck is no doubt the gem of the Stanford crop of talent coming out this years NFL draft, but tight end Coby Fleener may not be that far behind.
Today, at Stanford’s Pro Day, Fleener posted a sub 4.5 40-yard dash at 6’6″ and 247 pounds. His “unofficial” time was 4.45, but some scouts had clocked him as low as 4.4 even.
Fleener was already thought of as the top tight end in the draft, but his display of speed could have his draft stock rising.
Several NFL teams are in the market for a top-notch, ultra athletic tight end like Fleener — thanks in large part to the 2011 seasons of Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski set NFL single-season records for touchdowns (17) and yards (1,327) by a tight end. Meanwhile Graham’s 1,310 yards ranked second all-time just behind Gronkowski.
It’s not secret that San Francisco 49ers head coach John Harbaugh wants Fleener on his team, having coached him at Staford for three seasons, but he is now seemingly out of reach of the 49ers 30th pick in the first round.