Today, the Saints signed free agent, tight end Coby Fleener to a five year $36M contract.

Fleener was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2012 draft. Fleecer has been a good receiving threat for the Colts but lacks in pass blocking (where have we heard that before).  He has never missed a game since his rookie year, catching 183 passes for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 11.8 yards per catch.

Coby Fleener

He is 6ft, 6inches tall and played college ball at Stanford when Andrew Luck was his quarterback and continued to play with Luck at the Colts.  As a 2016 free agent, he was ranked 4th among the tight end free agents.

COBY FLEENER NFL Draft Profile: OVERVIEW

Fleener is the one senior tight end in the nation who has consistently shown the type of talent that will allow him to start early at the next level. He uses his 6-foot-6 frame well when running routes and separating from defenders. He has been the go-to target in the red zone for Andrew Luck the past few years. Fleener understands route concepts and has the competitiveness and size to be an effective in-line blocker. Some may question his true talent, given his size and the fact he had Luck as his quarterback, but Fleener is an attractive prospect who could be taken toward the end of the first round.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Fleener steadily improved during his time at Stanford and turned into a technical, effective route runner who is able to separate at the top of routes. He’s an obvious target and has a good feel for defenders around him. Fleener will go up for the ball, especially in the red zone, where he had 10 touchdowns in 2011. He is a smooth athlete who looks natural running deep down the field, even at his height. He is able to anticipate the throw, find it in the air, and rarely does he not come down with it.

WEAKNESSES

Fleener has struggled as a blocker on the line of scrimmage throughout his collegiate career, although he continues to improve. Though he is an explosive athlete with the ball or running in the open field, he is somewhat stale at the line and needs to improve his strength to become a more complete player. His lack of strength can also hold him back in the passing game, as he tends to get jammed at the line and can have trouble getting back into his route.