There’s been all kinds of talk about the Houston Texans quarterback situation in the weeks leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. Many draft analysts had Houston taking a quarterback early on, but through three rounds it hasn’t happened.
With the first pick in the third round (No. 65 overall) Houston has selected C.J. Fiedorowicz, a tight end out of the University of Iowa.
The Texans needed to bring on another tight end after the departure of Owen Daniels, and they’ve added a good one in Fiedorowicz. At 6-5, 265 pounds, he’s a good mix of old school and new school tight end. He’s not exactly fast (4.76/40), but he’s not exactly slow either. At the same time, he’s a good but not great blocker.
But when you talk about TEs in this class with the potential to be great, look no further than the Texans third-round pick.
While he never really broke out during his college career, Fiedorowicz was always a solid contributor for the Hawkeyes. He’s a reliable target with the size to make a lot of catches. He should provide whoever QBs the Texans next season with a great red zone target.
For a comparison, look no further Bills TE Scott Chandler. He too is tall with great hands, and also happened to attend Iowa, a school that puts a lot of TEs in the NFL. Fiedorowicz is like Chandler, but with a much higher ceiling. He won’t be limited to just being a red zone target.
C.J Fiedorowicz may not be the next Gronk, but it’s not out of the question for him to develop into a TE of that caliber.