DeCastro is an elite talent, as anyone who has seen the rather amazing nature of his game tape will tell you. But for Fleener, the pre-draft process had seen him between the first and second rounds on the lists held by most experts. Though still recovering from an ankle sprain suffered in Stanford's Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State, Fleener burned up the track, running two wind-aided 40-yard dashes in times expected of elite big receivers. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Fleener displays sure hands, an excellent understanding of route concepts, and downfield explosiveness that should now have NFL teams looking to call his name among the first 32 picks in next month's NFL draft.
"I don't know -- I heard a 4.45 and a 4.5 or something," Fleener said, when asked if he knew the times he ran. "No numerical goal -- just run hard and do the best that I can." In fact, he laid out unofficial times of 4.45 and 4.5, put up a 37-inch vertical leap, and scored 9 feet, 8 inches on the broad jump. He's a player who can block inline to a point, but his real value is as a player who can line up as an H-back or flex tight end. Fleener said on Thursday that he would love to excel in the same ways that New England's Rob Gronkowski and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham has. The Seattle Seahawks showed specific interest in Fleener on the day -- one Seahawks scout walked across the campus from the practice field to the auditorium with him.