2015 NFL DRAFT

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Johnsburg, IL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 265 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
10753-4
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/65 - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, 6-6, 265, Iowa...Perhaps the best blocking tight end in the draft. He fits because Bill O'Brien wants to use formations with multiple tight ends. He wanted a physical blocker to play with Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin, both of whom are better receivers than blockers. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Bill O'Brien took tight ends coach John Perry and offensive line coach Paul Dunn to Iowa's pro day. They wanted to check out tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, who ended up being their first pick in the third round. The coaches worked out Fierdorowicz extensively. "We put him through various drills and really similar drills to what we do with all those types of tight ends," O'Brien said. "You could tell he was a team guy. I think anybody that plays for (Iowa coach) Kirk Ferentz has to be a team guy (because) he runs that type of program. "In the meeting room with him, he could explain what they were doing at Iowa when we watched film with him. We saw a guy that got better and better as the year went on." - The Sports Xchange

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, TIGHT END/FULLBACK: Top player: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa...A well-built target, Fiedorowicz headlines an underwhelming group of senior tight ends. His production at Iowa is average at-best, but he was underutilized in the Hawkeyes offense. Fiedorowicz has the size and skill-set to start at the next level and be successful blocking and receiving. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa, Tight End...Fiedorowicz has recorded at least one reception in 30 consecutive games, a streak that ranks second among active FBS tight ends; Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins is first with 37 straight games with a catch. Fiedorowicz has 85 catches for 421 yards over the last 30 games, and has caught all 10 career touchdowns during the streak. - Iowa football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa, Tight End...Fiedorowicz has 26 receptions for 253 yards and a team-high six touchdowns this season, including the overtime game-winner against Northwestern on Oct. 26. - Iowa football

10/26/2013 - C.J. Fiedorowicz caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock in overtime to give Iowa a 17-10 win over Northwestern Saturday. The Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big 10) nearly blew another lead in the second half. Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) dropped its fourth straight game. Rudock completed 19-of-27 passes for 169 yards - none bigger than the third-down pass to Fiedorowicz in overtime. Rudock rolled to his right and lofted a pass to his big tight end in the left corner of the end zone.

Northwestern's Kain Colter was sacked on the final play of the game to seal the win for Iowa. The Hawkeyes snapped a two-game losing skid. Both teams made mistakes on key opportunities late in the fourth quarter. Rudock threw an interception in the final minute. Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy mishandled an option pitch from Colter with three minutes left. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 25. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (6-6, 265): A throwback tight end capable of dominating opponents as both a blocker and receiver, Fiedorowicz (pronounced feh-DOR-uh-wits) may lack in name recognition and production (two catches, including one TD in season-opening loss to Northern Illinois) but not in talent. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 26. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa (6-6, 265, 4.65) -- A throw-back tight end capable of dominating opponents as both a blocker and receiver, Fiedorowicz (pronounced feh-DOR-uh-wits) may lack in name recognition but not in talent. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP IOWA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE CJ Fiedorowicz (6-6, 265, 4.65)...One of the few bright spots on last year's Iowa offense, Fiedorowicz enters his senior season a Mackey Award watchlist member and one of the nation's top NFL prospects at the tight end position. The former USA Today High School All-American jumped right into action as a freshman, and has now seen playing time in all 38 games of his college career, including a current string of 17 straight starts.

At 6'6, and just under 270 pounds, Fiedorowicz can be easily mistaken for one of the O-linemen on tape. The Johnsburg (Ill.) native has a tendency to blend right in with the front five, displaying solid footwork, good bend and strong hands to control opponents and sustain blocks routinely both in run support and in pass protection.

As a receiver, though not a quick-twitch athlete or straight-line burner who will beat you vertically, Fiedorowicz can stretch the seam with good second-level acceleration, possesses a massive catch radius and exhibits both coordination and soft hands to consistently secure passes off his frame. He lacks suddenness to generate ideal separation out of breaks so he's rarely found without a defender close by, but displays a clear understanding of how to utilize his big body to seal off opponents and create his own catch zone. He also flashes an impressive second gear after the catch, and does a good job of extending plays on contact by churning his feet and dragging defenders. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP IOWA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE CJ Fiedorowicz (6-6, 265, 4.65)...NFL coaches and scouts continue to grow more and more enthralled with the hybrid receiver/tight end types who can line up all over the field and essentially provide teams a super-sized third or fourth wideout option. In light of such a trend, those athletes in the more "traditional" tight end mold -- like Fiedorowicz -- may not illicit the same excitement or hold the same sex appeal in the eyes of fans, but can prove to ultimately hold higher value on the field as every-down players who play a key functuional role in both elements of an offense. Fiedorowicz is a great blocker and a very good receiver who should be an immediate contributor at the next level and possesses a skill-set that could lead him to being one of the first three tight ends selected next May. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa...Fiedorowicz, a native of Johnsburg, Ill., was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media last season. He collected 45 receptions for 433 yards and one touchdown during the 2012 campaign, and currently holds a streak of gathering at least one pass reception in 18 consecutive games. In his three seasons with the Hawkeyes, Fiedorowicz has 61 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns. - Iowa football

 
 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/65 - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, 6-6, 265, Iowa...Perhaps the best blocking tight end in the draft. He fits because Bill O'Brien wants to use formations with multiple tight ends. He wanted a physical blocker to play with Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin, both of whom are better receivers than blockers. - The Sports Xchange
 

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