Numbers: 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
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