C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa #86
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Size/Athleticism: Impressive overall size. He’s a big, physical tight end with the potential to excel as a blocker. Speed is limited, but he’s a decent all-around athlete. Played basketball in high school and was offered some D-I scholarships.
Separation Skills: Not a deep threat. Strictly a possession receiver and rarely gets open more than 10 yards down the field. He does a nice job sliding off blocks on delayed routes. Does a nice job using his body to shield defenders. Adjusts and finds the soft spot in zones.
Ball Skills: Reliable hands. Doesn’t have the athleticism or body control to consistently make plays on poorly thrown balls. Despite his height, he isn’t explosive enough to really excel in jump ball situations.
Blocking: Tough, physical blocker. Focused and consistent in his fundamentals. Struggles with speed rushers off the edge at times (got burned by Ryan Shazier vs Ohio State a few times).
Intangibles: Viewed as a hard worker and well liked by coaches and teammates. Awarded the “Coaches Appreciation” award in 2013.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Fiedorowicz is a solid mid-round prospect who can contribute in all phases of the game. However, his lack of athleticism limits his upside. His ceiling is probably as an Anthony Fasano type tight end which, ideally, is a No. 2 option in an offense and a guy primarily used for blocking responsibilities.