Colts Select Stanford’s Fleener, Jets Take Georgia Tech’s Hill
The Indianapolis Colts selected Stanford University tight end Coby Fleener, reuniting him with quarterback Andrew Luck, as the second round of the National Football League draft was held yesterday in New York.
The New York Jets picked Stephen Hill, a wide receiver from Georgia Tech, and Demario Davis, an Arkansas State linebacker. The New York Giants selected wide receiver Reuben Randle and Virginia Tech defensive back Jayron Hosley.
The draft will conclude today as rounds four through seven are executed at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The St. Louis Rams opened the round yesterday by choosing wide receiver Brian Quick of Appalachian State and the Colts followed by selecting Fleener, who played with Luck, the No. 1 overall pick, at Stanford.
The Jets traded up for Hill, giving up their fourth, fifth and seventh-round selections to Seattle to move up four spots to 43. Hill caught 28 passes last year, averaging 29.3 yards per catch.
“I felt really at home there,” Hill told reporters. “I’m ready to go with coach Rex Ryan because I know he’s a big winner.”
Davis is an addition to the team’s overall speed, running 40 yards in 4.5 seconds.
The Jets won’t have another pick until the sixth round when they have three selections and two more in the seventh round.
Giants Take Randle
The New York Giants selected Louisiana State University wide receiver Reuben Randle as the final pick in the second round.
“Rueben is an NFL-ready receiver,” said Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college scouting. “What I mean by that is this guy is strong, he can catch the ball, he’s a good route runner, he is position savvy and he knows how to get open. To me, those are the successful receivers in the NFL.”
In three years at LSU, Randle played in 40 games with 25 starts and caught 97 passes for 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2011, he helped the Tigers advance to the Bowl Championship Series national championship game with 53 receptions for 917 yards and eight scores.
“I knew that the Giants had a lot of interest in me,” Randle told reporters. “I got a few phone calls from the guys. A couple of people from LSU were giving me signs that they were interested, so I knew once they came up, they would draft me.”
The Giants took Jayron Hosley, a defensive back from Virginia Tech, as the 93rd overall selection in the third round.
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