If New York doesn’t draft a tight end, it will likely go into the 2014 season with either Adrien Robinson or Larry Donnell as the starter.
The former has three offensive snaps in two seasons in the league. The latter easily beat him with 107 snaps in his lone season last year (Donnell was on the Giants practice squad in 2012) but only had three catches and a minus-4.0 Pro Football Focus run-blocking rating (subscription required).
Simply put, given what’s in the cupboard, tight end should be at the top of New York’s shopping list.
C.J. Fiedorowicz will probably be the Giants' last chance to get a tight end that possesses the skill set to be an effective NFL starter instantly and for years to come. Like Stork, he is projected to be in between picks for Big Blue, falling eight spots ahead of New York’s fourth-round pick at 105th overall.
He is big at 6’5” and 255 pounds. On stature alone, he would provide Eli Manning with a great third-down and red-zone target. The 22-year-old, though, also possesses dependable hands and a knack for making catches in traffic. He would become a great security blanket for the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
In addition to his pass-catching ability, the former Hawkeye is a tenacious, willing blocker. Given this versatility, the Giants should feel comfortable using him in all offensive situations.
One knock on Fiedorowicz is that his college statistics are underwhelming. He never cracked 450 yards receiving at Iowa and only had one season where he eclipsed three touchdowns. However, as Joel Welser of College Sports Madness explains, the Hawkeyes didn’t exactly have great quarterback play in Fiedorowicz’s junior and senior seasons.