Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) runs against the LSU Tigers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fiedorowicz: The Next Big Thing?

As Hawkeye fans, you know that the University of Iowa has a habit of producing tight ends that make NFL rosters.  Currently there are five active tight ends from the University of Iowa in the NFL, most notably is Dallas Clark, who is nearing the end of his career.

So, is former Iowa tight end, C.J. Fiedorowicz the next tight end to make that leap into the NFL and have a long and productive career?  Quite possibly.

There is no doubt that he has the height, weight, and strength to produce at the next level, but I think what a lot of people are worried about is his lack of production while in college.  He caught 91 balls for 899 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career and that doesn’t exactly pop out at you if you’re a stat guy.

Fiedorowicz was severely underutilized in his time at Iowa in my own opinion.  There was a lot of hype surrounding him coming out of high school, but he just never really became that big play guy, however was a great safety valve for Iowa quarterbacks.  You could put the blame on the fact that there was an offensive coordinator change after his sophomore year, but if you look, his best season was his junior year when he caught 45 balls for 433 yards.  He only had one touchdown, but in terms of catches and yardage, his junior season was his best.

The first team all-Big Ten selection by the coaches has the ability to impact games with his blocking and his pass catching, which will definitely appeal to scouts all around.  He’ll likely be a mid-round pick because by no means is Fiedorowicz flashy, but he’ll make the simple plays when they are needed.  He’s got good speed for a tight end and should only get faster when the NFL strength and conditioning coaches grab ahold of him (no offense to Chris Doyle – current Iowa football strength and conditioning coach).

When football is the only thing he’ll have to focus on, he’ll progress.

Bottom line is, Fiedorowicz has the size and the skill set, it just depends on what he does with it.  Guys can have all the talent in the world, but you still have to work at it.

Fiedorowicz should have a long and produtive career in the NFL.  He’ll probably need a year or two to adjust to the game, but after that I expect C.J. to help out whatever team takes a chance on him on draft day.

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