C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (HT: 6'5.5", WT: 262 lbs)
Third Round: 65th Pick
NFL Comparison: John Carlson, TE, Minnesota Vikings
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- Prototypical size and strength.
- Reliable hands as a short-yardage possession receiver.
- Has a reputation as a hard worker and a respected teammate—given Coaches Appreciation award in 2013.
- A tough, physical and scrappy blocker.
- Displays consistent fundamentals when blocking on the move—decisive and clearly understands his assignments.
- Shows decent athleticism in tight spaces.
- Good body control—knows how to position himself when in tight coverage and when working along the sideline.
- Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls.
- Height and overall length gives him an impressive catch radius.
- Strong field awareness and is capable of finding space against zone coverage.
- Extremely durable throughout his career.
- Has experience on special teams coverage.
- Performed well in agility drills at the combine, but the same athleticism doesn't seem to translate to the field.
- Slow and choppy release off the line of scrimmage.
- Speed is limited—will never be able to consistently break free down the field.
- Can easily be shut down as a receiver by athletic linebackers and safeties.
- When facing man coverage, he's rarely able to lose the defender and relies heavily on his ability to box out the defender and snag short passes.
- Despite his height, he lacks the explosive athleticism to excel in jump-ball situations.
- Not a threat after the catch.
- Lacks the quick footwork and overall agility to make defenders miss in space.
- Struggles blocking more athletic edge-rushers (was burned by Ohio State's Ryan Shazier multiple times in 2013 matchup).
- Can be too aggressive as a blocker at times, overextending and losing balance.
- Has struggled at times with ball security.
- Tends to hold the ball away from his body and has coughed up some fumbles—as a possession receiver with limited after-the-catch ability, he must improve in this area.
- 2013 first-team All-Big Ten selection and 2012 honorable mention.
- Successful high school basketball player who was recruited by some D-I schools.
- Also ran track in high school.
Fiedorowicz is the prototypical No. 2 tight end. He can contribute in every aspect of the game: blocking, receiving and special teams. However, his limited athleticism holds him back in every area. Like most No. 2 tight ends in the NFL, he is most valuable as a blocker but has the skills necessary to occasionally break free off the line of scrimmage and make some key short-yardage receptions to help move the chains. While his ceiling is clearly limited, he's the type of valuable role player every good team needs.
Draft Projection: Fourth or fifth round.