Green Bay Packers’ 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

C.J. Fiedorowicz

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It’s been over a month and the Green Bay Packers have yet to re-sign Jermichael Finley. Knowing that, the Packers should look to draft a tight end early in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Packers will be drafting a defensive player for sure in the first round, but Green Bay could draft a tight end as early as round two. That’s where a player like C.J. Fiedorowicz comes into play.

At the University of Iowa, Fiedorowicz had a productive career. His full potential was never brought up because of the offense he played in, but the measurables and the raw talent are there for this kid to be a stud at the next level. At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz possesses the frame for a prototypical NFL tight end. Like Jimmy Graham, Fiedorowicz shows his versatility to win one-on-one battles from the wideout position. He has soft hands and long arms that allow him to go up and bring down passes thrown to him.

Something that I notice right away when looking at Fiedorowicz is his body control. Tight ends in the NFL like Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas thrive on boxing out defenders to catch passes. While Fiedorowicz didn’t play college basketball like Gates or Thomas, but he does a nice job catching passes in traffic.

As of now, Andrew Quarless is the starting tight end in Green Bay. Quarless made a ton of strides in 2013, but it is clear that he is not the long-term option the Packers need. If Fiedorowicz is drafting by Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers could instantly make him a contributor in this offense. Fiedorowicz would be a great red-zone target in his rookie season, and the sky is the limit for this prospect in the future too. The Packers should draft the Iowa product in the second round of this year’s draft.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.


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