This coming Thursday May 8th, the 2014 NFL Draft open's and not all the top prospects of a position will be selected on the first night the former Iowa Hawkeye's tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is the perfect prototypical tight end for the NFL but he will most likely get selected on day two.
For Fiedorowicz being 6'6 and 265 pounds he is very versatile for a tight end. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.73 official time and an impressive 4.26 shuttle. To go along with his quick burst, he also possess the strength that is needed to run block. At the Combine, Fiedorowicz had 25 bench reps of 225 pounds which is above average for a tight end. The speed and burst off of the line of scrimmage allows him to come off a down block to get past defenders as a receiver fairly quick. Due to his size many may speculate he doesn't have good hands, but he has both good body control and soft hands.
Fiedorowicz had 30 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. He did a solid job as a blocker for the Hawkeyes, and has more speed and athleticism than one would think. Fiedorowicz turned in a solid performance at the Senior Bowl and showed off more athleticism than one would think at the Combine. He could be more than just a blocking tight end in the NFL.
According to the Big Blue Review, Fiedorowicz catches the ball well and provides a large catching radius. He also does a good job of shielding defenders away from the football. Many scouts believe he is pro ready and also is good enough to come in as a starter right away.
The only issue scouts have with this guy is his limited production in college. Possibly that may be because of the system, or lack of a talented quarterback. It also is arguable his stock is low because he isn't much of a yards after catch tight end. If he can show any significant improvements in either of these weaknesses he will instantly become one of the steals of the 2014 NFL draft class.
Draft Pick Projection: Round 2, Pick 62; New England Patriots
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