There seems to be a lot of division about drafting someone like Fleener in the 1st, and I get it. On one hand, people don't want to use a first on a position that seems to be as good as it should be. On the other hand, people see the potential in a 2 TE set with dynamic, complimentary threats, and there is the obvious note that this TE class runs out of talented, NFL-ready players in a hurry. Since DW will be around for at least one more year, and Byham is coming back, what do you think of grabbing a big, athletic guy w/limited production, and seeing what Roman can do w/him in 12 months to get him ready for the 2013 season. Low/no risk, possible big time reward.
Here's what Rob Rang wrote on the CBSSports Draft Blog, from the Cincinatti pro day:
While Pead was certainly the biggest name of Cincinnati's prospects, the player who helped his cause the most was 6-4, 264 pound tight end Adrien Robinson, who was clocked at 4.51 and 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Only Oklahoma's James Hanna (4.49) recorded a faster time in the event at the Combine than Robinson's 4.51. Demonstrating that he's an all-around athlete, Robinson also recorded a 39.5" vertical jump and a 11'3" broad jump -- each of which would have led all of the tight ends invited to the Combine this year. Robinson was not as impressive in the short-shuttle (4.37 seconds) and three-cone drill (7.11 seconds), putting up times that would have placed him in the middle of the Combine pack this year. Considering his size and speed and the relative weak class of tight ends this year, the workout could have been enough to give Robinson a chance at being drafted. Having just emerged as a starter in 2011, Robinson was not invited to the Combine after catching just 12 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns as a senior and just 29 for 434 and five scores over his entire career. With Robinson's numbers less than eye-popping, he's definitely a diamond in the rough prospect; one who is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 39 tight end. Considering his workout, expect that ranking to improve significantly.