NFL Draft Preview: Fiedorowicz

Hawkeye Insider Publisher Rob Howe is taking a look at Iowa prospects for this week's NFL Draft. First up his talented tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - C.J. Fiedorowicz arrived at Iowa with a lot of fanfare. The Hawkeyes rarely beat schools like Ohio State and Notre Dame for recruits but that was the case with the talented tight end from Johnsburg, IL.

Fiedorowicz, a U.S. Army High School All-American, played as a true freshman in 2010 but did not record any receiving statistics. During his final three seasons, he caught 91 passes for 899 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also became an accomplished blocker, his biggest deficiency coming out of high school as a wide receiver.

Fiedorowicz appears to be the consensus top NFL Draft Prospect from Iowa in 2014. The process begins Thursday night (7 p.m. CT, ESPN & NFL Network).

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Fiedorowicz is rated the fifth-best tight end prospect in this draft by NFL Network's Mike Mayock. A mock draft on NFL.com predicts that the Atlanta Falcons will select the Iowa product in the third round, the 68th overall pick.

The league site listed Fiedorowicz's measurables from February's scouting combine, including a 4.76-second, 40-yard dash. He earned top performer ratings at the event in the bench press, 3-Cone Drill and 20-yard shuttle. He graded out as the top player at his position for the Senior Bowl in January.

The "bottom line" on Fiedorowicz from NFL.com: Big-framed, linear and dependable, Fiedorowicz looks the part and has balanced skills to be a legitimate ?Y? tight end in the pros. Is an asset as a competitive blocker and as a sure-handed receiver. Draft status could benefit from an average tight end crop.

What Others Are Saying:

CBS Sports

NFL Draft Scout

Comcast Chicago

Scout.com

Rob's Projection: New Houston Coach Bill O'Brien, formerly of the New England Patriots and Penn State, spoke at Iowa during its coaching clinic this spring. He worked with Hawkeye assistant Brian Ferentz. He likes using the tight end as you may have noticed from his time with the Pats. He jumps on the versatile Fiedorowicz with the first pick of the third round, No. 65 overall.

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Here's C.J. on the air with me and my radio partner, Tom Suter, talking about the draft, his time at Iowa, the outlook for the TEs in '14 and more:


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