C.J. Fiedorowicz NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Texans TE

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

September 22, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) runs for yardage in the first half of the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas  at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (HT: 6'5.5", WT: 262 lbs)

Houston Texans

Third Round: 65th Pick

NFL Comparison: John Carlson, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmsHands
6'5.5"265 lbs33"10.25"
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Combine Workout
40-Yard DashBench PressVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.762531.5"9'8"7.104.26
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Positives

  • 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.

Negatives

  • 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.
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011Iowa1616710.43
2012Iowa454339.61
2013Iowa3029910.06
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Personal Notes

  • 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.

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

Overall

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.

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