The book on: C.J. Fiedorowicz

Utilized mostly as a blocker during his first two seasons, Fiedorowicz has had 109 passes thrown into his area the last two years, hauling in 68.81% of those throws

C.J. Fiedorowicz

Tight End
University of Iowa Hawkeyes
#86
6:05.4-265
Johnsburg, Illinois
Johnsburg High School

OVERVIEW

Fiedorowicz (pronounced feh-DOR-uh-wits) might not have the impressive statistics of other tight ends in his draft class, but many scouts feel that he is the finest product the school has produced at this position since the heydays of Dallas Clark (2000-02). Unlike Clark, Fiedorowicz has not have the high amount of passes targeted to him and has had to make the most of those limited opportunities.

Utilized mostly as a blocker during his first two seasons, Fiedorowicz has had 109 passes thrown into his area the last two years, hauling in 68.81% of those throws (75). Among those 75 grabs, he converted seven into touchdowns, 36 into first downs and has been clutch on third-down plays, with 14 of those throws becoming first downs by the Hawkeyes tight end.

While waiting for those opportunities as a pass catcher, Fiedorowicz developed into a physical blocker, as he takes full advantage of his strength and big frame to box out and seal edge rushers. He uses his hands with authority to get a clean release vs. the press coverage and has a very good understanding for creating separation and driving through arm tackles when operating as a receiver over the middle.

Still, it is Fiedorowicz' blocking skills that truly stand out. He excels at keeping leverage when blocking and shows a strong base to anchor and stall the bull rush. When used in motion, he has the balance and low pad level to stalk and take out second level defenders to spring ball carriers for big gains. His ability to neutralize safeties and linebackers in 2013 led to a dramatic improvement for Iowa's running attack, as they averaged 179.92 yards per game last season compared to a 123.0-yard average in 2012.

Fiedorowicz' has always been a "strong kid," as his father, Gary, was a power-lifter who got the youngster interested in weight training in the eighth grade. His strength was not only evident on the Johnsburg High School football field, but he also used that power to receive several offers from colleges for his basketball skills. During his prep days, he set the school career-record for scoring (1,400 points in four seasons) and was heavily pursued by Indiana and Wisconsin to play both sports at the collegiate level.

At Johnsburg High, Fiedorowicz began to attract football recruiters as a freshman. During his first season on the gridiron, he had 26 catches for 348 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore, he pulled in 64 passes for 1,043 yards (16.30 ypc) and 11 scores. The versatile athlete not only competed as a tight end, but often appeared as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback, linebacker, defensive end and free safety. He added to his resume as a long snapper and also returned punts and kickoffs.

The team captain collected 809 yards on 49 receptions and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He closed out his career with 44 receptions for 921 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. His career totals include 183 receptions for 3,121 yards (17.1 ypc) and 42 touch-downs, all school records that rank among the top 10 in Illinois state history.

His performance on the football field earned Fiedorowicz USA Today All-American honors and he was named to ESPN's Top 150. Scout.com ranked the tight end the second-best in the country at that position.

Fiedorowicz added first team all-state honors from the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News Gazette. He was also a first team Class 4-A all-state pick as a junior and sophomore, along with earning first team all-conference honors for three straight seasons and League Player of the Year accolades as a senior.

The four-year letter-winner closed out his football career participating in the Army All-American Bowl. He also lettered four times in basketball, earning All-League and All-Area honors. Additionally, he received two letters in baseball and two more as a member of the track team.

Fiedorowicz was attracted to the University of Iowa football program due to the success the Hawkeyes had in developing tight ends. Prior to his arrival, in recent years, Iowa had sent Dallas Clark, Tony Moeaki, Brandon Myers, Erik Jensen and Scott Chandler to the National Football League after playing the tight end position for the Hawkeyes.

While Fiedorowicz was on the field for 13 games as a freshman, that first year in a Hawkeyes uniform did not see him involved at all in the passing game, as his only numbers on the statistical charts were two tackles and a 4-yard kickoff return in 2010. The following year, he managed to earn five starting assignments, pulling in 16 passes for 167 yards (10.44 ypc), finding the end zone three times.

The Mackey Award Watch List selection added All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention as a junior. He had his most productive season as a receiver in 2012, catching 45-of-65 passes targeted to him (69.23%) for 433 yards (9.62 ypc), ranking third on the team. He found the end zone just one time that year. What made his 45 grabs so remarkable was that the Hawkeyes struggled considerably with their passing attack, ranking 99th among 120 major colleges with an average of 187.42 aerial yards per game.

Fiedorowicz elevated his status among league coaches as a senior and they awarded him with All-Big Ten Conference honors after he hauled in 30-of-45 throws (66.67%) for 299 yards (9.97 ypc) and six touchdowns. He also averaged six knockdowns per game and delivered 10 touchdown-resulting blocks during his final campaign. He closed out his college career competing vs. the draft's elite prospects at the 2014 Senior Bowl.

CAREER NOTES

Fiedorowicz started 20 of the 51 games that he appeared in for Iowa, catching 91 passes for 899 yards (9.88 ypc) and 10 touchdowns…Scored sixty points, recorded three tackles and returned a kickoff four yards…Closed out his career with at least one reception in his last thirty-one games, the second-longest streak for any active tight end in the Football Bowl Championship Subdivision, topped by only Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Washington (38 games).


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