April 27, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -- - Indianapolis is seeing red and there is a Moose loose in Miami.
With the second pick of the second round (34th overall), the Indianapolis Colts selected tight end Coby Fleener, who will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck, who the Colts selected with the first overall pick of the NFL Draft.
Eight picks later, left tackle Jonathan Martinwas selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 10th pick of the second round, giving Stanford four players who were selected within the first 42 picks of the 2012 NFL Draft for the first time in school history.
On Thursday, Luck was selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts while guard David DeCastrowas drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 24th overall pick.
One of the most productive tight ends in school history, Fleener finished his career with 96 receptions for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 18 touchdowns rank first all-time among Stanford tight ends and are tied for fifth on the school's all-time career list.
Fleener earned Sporting News All-America honors after hauling in 34 pass for 667 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged 19.6 yards per catch, which ranks seventh on Stanford's all-time single-season list. A hybrid tight end whose speed and athleticism allowed him to stretch the field, Fleener caught four passes for over 50 yards on the year, including a career-long 62-yarder at Washington State.
He is the ninth overall Stanford tight end to be drafted, following Jim Dray (Arizona; 2010), Alex Smith(Tampa Bay; 2005), Greg Clark (San Francisco; 1997), Tony Cline (Buffalo; 1995), Turner Baur (New England; 1992), Greg Baty (New England; 1986), Chris Dressel (Houston; 1983) and Bob Moore (Oakland; 1971).
Martin teamed with DeCastro to anchor Stanford's offensive line for the past three seasons, helping the Cardinal amass three of the top four single-season rushing totals in school history. The line allowed just 24 sacks over a three-year period while its pass protection allowed luck to establish school records for passing efficiency, completion percentage and touchdowns.
Martin earned All-America honors by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association of America as a fourth-year junior in 2011. A two-time first team all-conference selection, Martin started 37 of a possible 39 games at his left tackle position, where his pass protection skills were instrumental in Luck setting school records for touchdown passes, completion percentage and passing efficiency.