According to Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have included C.J. Fiedorowicz in their pre-draft workout and visit process.
With a month to go before May’s draft—pushed back a month for the first time this league year—Fiedorowicz is expected to be a mid-round tight end pick. Currently listed at 6-foot-5, 265, he ran a 4.7 40 yard dash last February at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
With Rob Gronkowski on the mend for the majority of last season and Aaron Hernandez behind bars, the Patriots continued to utilize a two-tight end offense sans their “beast” and “Swiss-army knife”.
Heading into 2014, the tight end need for the Patriots remains high with Gronkowski recovering from ACL surgery and Michael Hoomanawanui the only other feasible option for Tom Brady.
This could potentially enter Fiedorowicz, a good blocking tight end that can be another matchup nightmare in red-zone situations. Six of his ten Iowa touchdowns came in his senior campaign, showing great hands in traffic or boxing out a defender in pursuit of the football.
Without a doubt, adding Fiedorowicz would bring more talent to their position, as well as giving the Patriots the toughest position group in the league to ace on a spelling test.