NEW YORK - The overnight wait paid off for Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. 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 No. 1. Fleener got a nice consolation prize on Friday night when the Indianapolis Colts grabbed him with the second pick of the second round. Chances are good Fleener will become a starter - and a main target - for Luck.
"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.
The St. Louis Rams actually used their own pick to begin the second round, selecting Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick with the second-round spot they earned for going 2-14 in 2011. St. Louis traded down twice in the first round the previous night, accumulating several extra picks and also taking Louisina State defensive tackle Michael Brockers at No. 14.
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw of national champion Alabama 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.
"That was a year ago," Jenkins said about his past transgressions. "I took my second route to go to [North Alabama] 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 of Midwestern State, 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.
After New York and Seattle took the lead on trading Friday, the Rams pulled off another. The Chicago Bears swapped with St. Louis to move up five spots and get South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey.