Originally posted by FredFlintstone:
Originally posted by jimmy49erfan:
Has Harbaugh ever lined up Fleener at WR? Anyone who watched alot of Fleener think he can play WR and be a #1 kind of WR? If so id with Fleener but if not I dont think its a good move to pass on a 4.3 WR with Hills size. I dont think you could go wrong with either player both have elite potential as a pro.
fleener has lined up as a wr in some of stanford's offensive sets
and run a lot of WCO routes. I think he would be deadly running fades or slants from the x position in the red zone, and I think he would have ridiculous versatility as a slot, as well. The question I have about him is: how much time did the Stanford staff spend teaching him in-line blocking, because he isn't the best at it. If Drevno worked on it all day with him, there is reason t believe he won't improve much. Having played coolege ball though, I know that there are limitations on time you can spend on football each day (stupid classes and labs), so maybe blocking didn't get as much attention for a slot/wide/movement TE. He was the length and upperbody strength to create impressive leverage, if he is technically sound and willing to get into it.
IMO, Harbaugh will be able to answer this more than any other NFL coach, because he will know what they asked of Fleener. I think he could still make a huge impact in our offense without being a dependable in-line guy, but our offense could be a steamroller if he got to be as aggressive and versatile as Davis. IIRC, both Davis and Walker sucked at blocking when they got here (but Hoerner's (sp) gone)