The overnight wait paid off for Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. He is getting back together with his college quarterback, a guy named Andrew Luck, as both were drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck was the first player taken Thursday and Fleener was the second player taken in the second round Friday.
NEW YORK — The overnight wait paid off for Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. He is getting back together with his college quarterback, a guy named Andrew Luck.
Fleener wasn’t taken in the first round of the draft, in which Luck was the top selection. He got a nice consolation prize Friday night when the Indianapolis Colts grabbed him with the second pick of the second round.
Chances are good Fleener will become a starter — and a main target — for Luck with the Colts.
“I knew it was a possibility, a small chance,” said Fleener, who had 10 touchdown catches last season for Stanford.
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The Colts parted with quarterback Peyton Manning, a four-time league most valuable player who missed last season because he was recovering from neck operations.
Luck, speaking in Indianapolis, said, “If I woke up every morning trying to compare myself to Peyton, I think I’d go crazy. That’s not even possible. You can’t, and I realize that, so I’m just going to go out and do the best I can.”
Pac-12 players other than Fleener drafted in the second round were California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (by Cleveland, No. 37 overall); Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin (by Miami, No. 42), Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks (by Philadelphia, No. 46), Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler (by Denver, No. 57) and Oregon running back LaMichael James (by San Francisco, No. 61).
Pac-12 players picked in the third round, including compensatory picks, were Cal punter Bryan Anger (by Jacksonville, No. 70), Oregon State safety Brandon Hardin (by Chicago, No. 79), Arizona quarterback Nick Foles (by Philadelphia, No. 88) and Utah offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom (by Oakland, No. 95).
The St. Louis Rams, an NFC West rival of the Seahawks, had picks No. 33, No. 39 and No. 50 in the second round.
The Rams, who were 2-14 last season, used their second-round selections, in order, on receiver Brian Quick of Appalachian State, cornerback Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama and running back Isaiah Pead of Cincinnati.
Jenkins was dismissed from the Florida program after his third marijuana-related arrest in less than two years.
“I’m pretty sure it hurt, but that’s my past,” Jenkins said. “I’ve got a new chapter and I’m happy to be a Ram now.”
• League officials said the first round’s broadcast on ESPN and the NFL Network drew a combined total of 25.3 million viewers.
• Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu was drafted by Cincinnati in the third round — a day after Sanu was the victim of a prank.
When Cincinnati was getting ready to make the 27th overall pick in the opening round Thursday, someone called Sanu pretending to be from the Bengals with good news. Sanu and family members celebrated — until they saw Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler was the Bengals’ actual first-round choice.
“My agent said it was some kid playing a prank,” Sanu said. “The kid said he was very sorry, he didn’t mean anything by it.”
Bengals receivers coach James Urban made the congratulatory call in the third round, asking, “You want to be a Bengal — this time, for real?”
Sanu told media: “It’s a great feeling. I’ve never felt like this in my entire life.”
• Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, 29, signed a three-year extension with the New York Giants and will make about $21 million over the next four years.
• Defensive end Raheem Brock, 33, a free agent who played for the Seahawks last season, has been acquitted of a theft charge stemming from a dispute over a $27 restaurant tab in Philadelphia.