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C.J. Fiedorowicz | Tight End

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 265

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Texans selected Iowa TE C.J. Fiederowicz with the No. 65 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Fiedorowicz (6-foot-5 1/2, 265) was underutilized in the Hawkeyes' mundane offense, managing 91 career catches for 899 yards (9.9 YPR) and ten touchdowns. He was voted first-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches; Fiedorowicz's on-field impact was not lost on opponents. Fiedorowicz ran 4.76 at the Combine with a 9-foot-8 broad jump and 31 1/2-inch vertical, so the athleticism is there for more. He's also an NFL-ready in-line blocker. Still only 22, Fiedorowicz is the kind of prospect who could become a better NFL than college player. He'll join Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin in Houston and might be better than both. It remains to be seen how the depth chart will shake out at tight end. May 9 - 9:38 PM

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Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz says he took pre-draft visits with Denver, Detroit, San Francisco, Atlanta, New England, the New York Jets and Tampa Bay.

After the top-tier group of TE prospects -- Eric Ebron, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jace Amaro and Troy Niklas -- most rank Fiedorowicz No. 5. The Hawkeyes' regrettable QB play and conservative offensive scheme (those issues were related) over the past few years conspired to keep Fiedorowicz under the radar, but the NFL never forgot about him. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder has a spectacular frame, soft hands, surprising straight line speed and is one of the class' best inline TE blockers, to boot. He should hear his name called on Day 2.
May 3 - 8:35 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz visited the 49ers on Monday.

Fiedorowicz has already met with the Lions, Bucs, Falcons, Patriots and Jets. In college, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Fiedorowicz was a tenacious blocker and an effective safety valve in a mediocre passing attack. Some believe there is a lot of untapped potential in Fiedorowicz's receiving game, and he has the athleticism to make it happen. "I can show teams I'm a blocker, but I can also stretch the field," Fiedorowicz said. "I can take the top off the defense and be a dual-threat tight end. The NFL has a lot of tight ends who can only block or only be a receiver, but I was able to do both at Iowa." Fiedorowicz has a similar build to Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski. "I love watching him," Fiedorowicz said. "He's a guy who can do both. He can block defensive ends and linebackers and also make plays in the passing game."
Apr 21 - 9:44 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz visited the Lions last week.

Fiedorowicz (6-foot-5 3/4, 266 pounds) is a decent receiver and one of the top inline blocking tight ends in this class. His receiving skills were a bit underused at Iowa, and he tested more athletically than he played, so Fiedorowicz might have upside remaining in that area.
Apr 20 - 8:00 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is scheduled to visit the Jets this week.

Fiedorowicz already met with the Bucs and is scheduled to travel to the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. At Iowa, Fiedorowicz was underused during his time at Iowa, focusing on inline blocking and curl to out routes. He tested more athletically than he played, so Fiedorowicz might have upside in that area.
Apr 10 - 10:17 AM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has four team visits scheduled in the next month.

Those four teams are the Tampa Bay Bucs, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. The Cowboys and Texans also have private on-campus workouts scheduled for Friday. Fiedorowicz is one of the top inline tight ends in this class, and his receiving skills were a bit underused at Iowa. He mainly focused on curl to out routes and was limited after the catch, but Fiedorowicz displayed more athleticism than anticipated at the Combine.
Mar 27 - 10:39 AM

Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes worked out Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz at the school's pro day on Monday.

Fiedorowicz (6-foot-5 3/4, 266 pounds) is "ok, but not great at catching the ball," according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, "but is a really good blocker." Fiedorowicz is a straight-line runner who tops out at average speed. While he'll never break an NFL defender's ankles in the open field, he'll have plenty of chances, as his 10 1/4'' hands suck in anything close. Fiedorowicz's catch radius and physicality guarantee a suitor on the draft's second day.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:11 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz measured in at 6 foot 5 and 265 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Although the weight was exactly as expected, Fiedorowicz's height has been documented as tall as 6-foot-7. Because of that, this news is a little disappointing. Fiedorowicz is a straight-line runner who tops out at average speed and will never make anyone miss in the open field, but he also has sticky 10 1/4'' hands that snare anything close. His catch radius and physicality will attract a selection on the draft's second day.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 5:09 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks slots Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz as the No. 4 TE, ahead of Notre Dame's Troy Niklas.

Niklas' size (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) and tools have earned him the No. 4 spot on most boards, but Brooks was swayed by the more workmanlike Fiedorowicz. "Traditional tight ends with strong hands are still coveted in pro-style offenses," Brooks wrote. "Fiedorowicz is a legitimate threat in the passing game, but is also a powerful blocker on the perimeter." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a long-time supporter of Fiedorowicz because of the tight end's blocking ability and proficiency in curl to out routes.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 9:57 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz had four receptions for 46 yards in Wednesday's Outback Bowl defeat at the hands of LSU.

Fiedorowicz had only 30 receptions for 299 yards this season, but he had a team-high six touchdown catches. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Fiedorowicz was a dangerous red zone weapon in the collegiate game, and we think his receiving skills will be utilized more in the pros than they were in Iowa's offense. Fiedorowicz is a strong blocker and possesses good straight-line speed. He figures to go on the second day of May's draft.
Jan 1 - 10:35 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz will attend the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Our own Josh Norris has always been a fan of Fiedorowicz due to his willingness to block and proficiency in curl to out routes. He has been one of the more underutilized talents the last few years, but Fiedorowicz does lack yards after the catch ability.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 01:01:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline tagged Iowa senior TE C.J. Fiedorowicz with a fifth-round grade heading into the 2013 season.

"Big strong tight end in a tackles body," Pauline writes. "Dominates opponents, even defensive linemen, at the point of attack. Adequate pass catching hands but nothing more than a short range target." We have written it multiple times, but we consider Fiedorowicz one of the most underutilized targets in college football. The majority of his targets are within the 10 yard range, so we hope Iowa lets Fiedorowicz test coverages a bit more this season. There are some glimpses of Jason Witten in his game, minus the after catch balance.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 09:49:00 AM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt listed Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz as the No. 1 senior TE in the country.

Fresno State's Marcel Jensen, Arizona State's Chris Coyle, BYU's Kaneakua Friel, and UMass' Rob Blanchflower round out the top five. Fiedorowicz runs the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, per Brandt. "He changed his mind about entering the 2013 NFL Draft after coming on strong late last season," Brandt writes. "Fiedorowicz is a very good (blocker), and a big target with good hands." The junior tight ends will draw the most attention, but our own Josh Norris thinks Fiedorowicz is one of the most underutilized talents in college football.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Iowa junior TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught six passes for 56 yards in the seaosn finale against Nebraska.

After being underutilized during the first six weeks of the season, Fiedorowicz was much more active for the final stretch of games. Despite his lack of production, we feel like the junior has the skills to warrant a second day selection, but it is unclear whether he will declare for April's Draft.
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 03:53:00 PM

Iowa junior TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught eight passes for 99 yards Saturday against Michigan.

Fiedorowicz is one of the most talented, underutilized prospects in the country. The Hawkeyes finally got him involved in the offense, but it may have been too late. Despite the lack of production, we would like tot see him make the jump to the NFL.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 03:33:00 PM