2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Get Lots of Potential With TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
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.