TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ, IOWA

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6’7” – 265 lbs. – 4.85e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: N/A
2011: 16 – 167 – 3 (10.4)
2012: 45 – 433 – 1 (9.6)

OVERVIEW:

Contributed in a reserve/special-teams role with the Hawkeyes as a freshman in 2010 before making five starts as a sophomore in 2011, catching sixteen passes. Assumed the full-time starting role in 2012, earning an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection from conference coaches following a 45-catch junior campaign.

STRENGTHS:

•    Possesses an ideal combination of height and bulk for an inline option.
•    Effective at setting the edge in the run game, directing his man inside.
•    Demonstrates some explosion out of his breaks in the passing game.
•    Reliable hands-catcher who rarely drops an accurate target.
•    Tracks the ball well in the air, making productive adjustments.
•    Uses the stiff-arm effectively in order to gain a few extra yards.
•    Physical player who can both give and receive punishing blows.
•    Runs a fairly wide range of routes in the short/intermediate areas.
•    Can make difficult contested catches in traffic with regularity.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Not someone who’s going to run away from many defenders.
•    Will probably be restricted to inline responsibilities for the most part.
•    Most of his routes are shorter patterns; not a deep threat.
•    Overall ceiling is limited by his average athletic ability.
•    His aggressive style of play may eventually lead to injuries.
•    Surprisingly, hasn’t been much of a red zone scorer for the Hawkeyes.
•    Really only has one year of highly-productive play in college.

SUMMARY:

Fiedorowicz represents a known quantity for pro teams seeking a reliable safety valve with the size and bulk to shield blockers from the ball and come away with contested catches on short and intermediate routes. He is also an effective blocker with a physical, aggressive demeanor, whose style of play is reminiscent of former Hawkeyes standout Scott Chandler, a 2007 fourth-round selection, and could be drafted in a similar range. RD 3-4

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