2014 NFL Draft: C.J. Fiedorowicz Scouting Report

By Josh Collacchi on Sunday, February 9th 2014
2014 NFL Draft: C.J. Fiedorowicz Scouting Report

There were rumors last year during the draft process that one scout said he would rather have had C.J. Fiedorowicz over Tyler Eifert. Take that with a grain of salt, but it is what it is.

College: Iowa
Ht: 6055
Wt: 262 pounds


Strengths

Blocking: At Iowa, CJF was asked to block, a lot. But, he did it very well and is very willing to do so. Against Ohio State (a fast and very talented defense) he held his own in the run game, as well as a pass blocker. At the next level, he will be a good blocker, and a willing one.

Body Control: Despite being so big, Fiedorowicz is actually very coordinated, and he makes catches that are difficult to make look easy. For example, this throw was a tad high, but a perfect catch for a touchdown. (INSERT PICTURE) ( http://kinnick138.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/cjftouchdownniu1.jpg%3Fw%3D1109 )

While CJF does not possess any elite speed or quickness. He is such a big target that he can make plays on any down. Since he is such a big target, he does not need to be open to throw it his way. Fiedorowicz is able to shield the ball into his hands without much effort, which is a big trait at the next level.


Weaknesses

As mentioned before, Fiedorowicz does not possess any elite physical tools. His size/speed is nothing outrageous, and he cannot jump "out of the gym". But he is a good, solid football player who can make plays in the passing game and block when asked. 

He is not explosive off of the line of scrimmage, and will not beat anyone off the snap. But at over 6'5 and 260 pounds, that is not expected.


NFL Comparison

A slower Jason Witten. His ability to block is similar to Witten's, but Witten is a lot quicker than CJF. 


Draft Outlook

Fiedorowicz is not on the level of the top-tier tight ends this year, with Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Troy Niklas. But he is in the next slew of players, possibly in the top 75, depending where the other tight ends go.


Best Fits

A team that will pound the ball and use play action will benefit from C.J. Fiedorowicz' services. This may seem crazy, but I think the Patriots would be a perfect fit for him. The Pats are running the ball more than ever, and Fiedorowicz can contribute greatly in that respect. Also, if he and Rob Gronkowski are both on the field, that is a mismatch. Other fits could be the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks or Washington Redskins.

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