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Colts use second-round pick to reunite Luck and Fleener

Stanford tight end Coby Fleener speaks to the media after being selected as the 34th pick overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the NFL football draft  at Radio City Music Hall, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener speaks to the media after being selected as the 34th pick overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the NFL football draft  at Radio City Music Hall, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Coby Fleener heard his name, grabbed his phone and immediately contacted his new teammate in Indianapolis — and old teammate from Stanford.

The overnight wait paid off for the Stanford tight end. He's reuniting with his college quarterback, a guy named Andrew Luck.

Fleener wasn't chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft, in which Luck was the top selection. He got a nice consolation prize Friday night when the Indianapolis Colts grabbed him with the second pick of the second round.

Among the other notable selections on the second day of the draft were: Oregon running back LaMichael James by San Francisco, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson by Seattle and Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw by Baltimore.

Chances are very good Fleener will become a starter — and a main target — for Luck in Indianapolis.

"I just sent him a text message that had a lot of exclamation points in it," said Fleener, who had 10 touchdown catches last season and 18 for his career in Stanford's prodigious offense. "I expected to be on a team where I wasn't familiar with the offense or the quarterback. I can't wait to get started, to be honest with you."

Indy not only parted with four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning this year, but also lost tight end Jacob Tamme to free agency and isn't expected to bring back injury-ravaged veteran Dallas Clark.

"For me, getting to play with him the past couple of years, it is speed, he is dynamic," Luck said. "Any time we crossed the 50-yard line it seemed like we just said, 'Coby, go run. Go run past the safeties.' Hopefully it continues to work out."

The Rams actually used their own pick to begin the second round, selecting Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick. St. Louis traded down twice in the first round the previous night, accumulating several extra picks and also taking LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers 14th overall. In the second-round spot they earned for going 2-14 in 2011, the Rams took a wideout from an FCS powerhouse. The 6-foot-4 Quick had a strong Senior Bowl, showing he could play at the highest college level and helping his stock in the draft.

Upshaw of the national champion Crimson Tide was chosen by Baltimore, the Ravens' first pick of this draft. Baltimore was projected by many to take Upshaw in the first round, but dealt away its pick. Four of Upshaw's teammates went in the first round.

Janoris Jenkins, a cornerback at North Alabama who was kicked off the team at Florida, went to the Rams six picks after they took Quick. Jenkins, holding an infant in his arms, had tears in his eyes as he spoke by phone with the Rams.

"I just be honest," Jenkins said about talking about his past transgressions. "I don't have nothing to hide. That was my past, that was a year ago. I took my second route to go to UNA for a reason, to show people I wasn't a bad kid and I wasn't running from my problems."

Division II guard Amini Silatolu, a member of the Little All-America team, was the eighth overall selection in the second round by Carolina.

It took 11 picks before Friday's first trade, with the Jets moving up four slots and surrendering a fifth- and seventh-rounder to Seattle to take Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill. New York needs a deep threat wideout, and Hill was the fastest player at the NFL combine. But he also comes from a running offense.

"I feel great, especially now that I'm in an offense where I can catch the ball a little bit more," Hill said. "Catching the ball from Mark Sanchez will be great."

Hill pumped his arms to the fans in the balcony at Radio City Music Hall after having his name announced by Wesley Walker, one of the best deep receivers the team has had.

After New York and Seattle took the lead on trading Friday, the Rams — no surprise considering their earlier wheeling and dealing in Coach Jeff Fisher's first draft in charge — pulled off another. The Bears swapped with St. Louis to move up five spots and get South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey.

A smaller flurry of trades occurred Friday, five involving nine teams. Not surprisingly, New England, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay were involved in deals, just as they were in the opening round.

The Bengals got a receiver with their first pick in the third round of the draft, taking Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu.

Sanu thought the Bengals had drafted him in the first round on Thursday night, when Cincinnati was getting ready to make the 27th pick and someone called his phone and said they were from the Bengals. It was someone playing a prank.

This time, it was for real.

Cincinnati opened and ended the day by taking defensive tackles, hoping to add depth on the line. They took Penn State All-American Devon Still in the second round and Clemson's Brandon Thompson with their second pick in the third round.

Another All-America defensive lineman, Jerel Worthy of Michigan State, went to Green Bay. Also chosen, by Detroit, was Oklahoma standout receiver Ryan Broyles, who wrecked his left knee in November after setting some NCAA career records.

"We have the luxury of being able to rehab this guy very carefully and let him get healthy," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. "If the guy was healthy now, he would've been gone."

Coach Jim Schwartz said Broyles wouldn't have to "redshirt" this season.

James, the nation's leading rusher in 2010, went to San Francisco 61st overall. He joins a crowded backfield with Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs.

The Giants finished the second round by selecting LSU receiver Rueben Randle, the last of 26 players invited to the draft to be chosen.

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