Potential Giants Pick Coby Fleener: Playing In NY Would ‘Be An Honor’
NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Giants are facing a long, long wait.
There’s little doubt the team’s draft board will undergo some changes before their pick finally comes at No. 32. One target could be big Stanford tight end Coby Fleener — if he’s still available for the first-round finale.
In town for Thursday’s NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall, the 23-year-old Illinois native has taken notice of Manhattan’s bright lights.
“It’d be an awesome place (to play),” Fleener told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday. “I’m just visiting New York for the first time and I’m in awe of the city. So it’d be an honor to play here, absolutely.”
Listen: Fleener with Francesa
Fleener is considered to be the best of an otherwise so-so crop of tight ends. He’s had no shortage of interest from various teams, though the Stanford product admitted he “honestly” has “no idea” where or when he’ll be picked.
“It’s one of those things where I’ll be sitting eagerly in the green room,” he said, “waiting to hear my name.”
Also rumored to be on the Giants’ radar are Boise State running back Doug Martin, safety Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame or one of the many good collegiate offensive tackles, including Ohio State’s Mike Adams.
But it’s clear New York has a need at tight end. Though general manager Jerry Reese has enjoyed success drafting the best player on the board regardless of position, Big Blue will be without Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum for a part — if not most or all — of next season.
Fleener, a monster at 6-foot-6, would be a good complement to the Giants’ new addition, blocking tight end Martellus Bennett.
“I think speed and hands are strengths, and I think versatility (also),” Fleener said of what he’d bring to the NFL. “Any team that gets me will have a guy that can do a lot of different things.”
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