Colt Scout: Former Giant Works Out for Colts

The Colts took a look at a former New York Giants prospect this week. Jerry Langton tells you about him and how he could fit with the Colts in this Colt Scout feature.

Wade Fletcher
TE, Columbia

6'6 (6067) / 253 pounds / 4.82-4.88 forty-speed (NFL Pro Day)

2006 preseason stats: 1-14 (New York Giants)

2005 stats: none

The player: Here's a guy I've seen play in person. I used to live three blocks away from Baker Field where Columbia plays and still drop by every once in a while. A converted wide receiver who transferred in to Manhattan from Northern Colorado, Fletcher had no problem picking up the Lions' offense and led all the nation's tight ends in receiving yards in 2003 with 874. As a senior in 2004, he went 52-575-2 and proved himself adept and finding seams in zones. Although he weighed in at over 250 at his Pro Day, he looked about 235 to me when he played at Columbia. Still, he doesn't look like the typical too-tall stiff when he plays, instead displaying agility and athleticism belying his size. His hands are better than average and he has good concentration, but I keep thinking that I want more red-zone and jump-ball production from a guy this big. While the knock against Fletcher traditionally has been his blocking, I don't think he's all that bad. He'll probably never be much of a load inline, but he's not a bad wall-off guy and can lay a lick on the move. While he certainly looks like he has a great deal of potential, I watched him closely when he was with the Giants in the 2005 and 2006 preseasons and he appeared overwhelmed by the NFL game, making a disheartening number of mental mistakes (he had more penalties than receptions). Perhaps time and maturity have helped him overcome his jumpiness.

How he fits:
Ever since the advent of out-of-nowhere tight ends like Marcus Pollard and Antonio Gates, teams have been signing any big athletic guy and putting a jersey with a number in the 80s on him. The Colts are no different. Look at Troy Humphrey, Gregg Guenther and Joey Hawkins. Fletcher has more natural talent than any of those guys (at least at football, Guenther was very good at basketball) and could have a future. If the Colts sign him, expect him to spend his spring in Europe.

Reminds me of: Fellow Ivy Leaguer Nate Lawrie (Yale) who plays a bit with the Saints.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

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