Posted: 6:00 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Falcons’ Draft Board: Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player we are projecting to be on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. With the Falcons having 10 picks, we’ll start out by focusing on potential late-round picks and then move on to early-round picks. Today we’ll look at Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Player: C.J. Fiedorowicz

Position: Tight end

School: Iowa

Height and weight: 6-5 1/2, 265

Combine numbers: 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 25 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 31 1/2-inch vertical; 9-8 broad jump; 4.26 in the shuttle and 7.10 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the fifth rated tight end in the draft and projected to be selected in the third or fourth round by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: Fiedorowicz played in the Senior Bowl and was named the most outstanding tight end/wide receiver. He completed his career with at least one pass reception in 31 straight games, which ranked second among active FBS tight ends. He played for the Hawkeyes as a true freshman in 2010.

Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz runs with the ball after catching a pass during NCAA college football practice at Valley High School Stadium, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz runs with the ball after catching a pass during NCAA college football practice at Valley High School Stadium, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Quotes: “I think (the tight end position) has evolved more as a receiving guy. You have a Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis. He does a little bit of both but those are guys who are pretty good receivers. If you get a guy who can do both, that’s a big asset to a team. … I was a receiver in high school. I didn’t know what it was like to put my hand in the ground and actually block defensive ends. So it was a little frustrating, but once I got the hang of it — it’s a mindset, (you’ve got to) want to block somebody. I kind of picked that up and I realized if I want to get on the field I’ve got to block.”

Falcons level on interest: The incomparable Tony Gonzalez has retired. The Falcons know they can’t replace him, but at the very least, they need a blocker, who can also work well in underneath zones. At Iowa, he executed a lot of inside and outside zone blocks. He’s adept at setting the edge on outside runs. Blocking from the tight end position will be more of a priority for the Falcons.

Here are the Falcons draft picks:

  • Round 1 — No. 6 overall
  • Round 2 – No. 37 overall
  • Round 3 – No. 68 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 103 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 5 – No. 147 overall
  • Round 6 – No. 182 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 220 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

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–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

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–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

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–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

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–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

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–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

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27 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

After the Falcon take O & D linemen with their 1st 4 picks, then look at other positions, not before.

keendaddy
keendaddy

We need so freaking much! I really don't see Atlanta making the playoffs again, until we solidify both sides of the Line. Not going to happen this year. I love the Falcons, but the lack of priority for Offensive and Defensive Lines, spelled Doom and Gloom for the Dirty Birds. First pick should be OT, or a vicious LB to cover opposing TE's, and pass rush! Or trade back for more Draft picks, and take DE/LB with 1st pick. Must snag a future RB @#3. Just can't get it all this year. Might as well plan on 2015-2016, before we're contenders again! (Not pretenders)

JSSN
JSSN

The Panthers and Patriots are looking hard at him. They have the need, and they sitting back-to-back at the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd rounds..

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

We have a TE........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levine_Toilolo

Fourth Round pick.......came out early.........after his Junior year. He was thrown to by a stud that is in the NFL right now! If we cant get the TE out of North Carolina (Ebron)  then I dont want a TE.......PERIOD!!!! Dont go back now and tell us you made a mistake picking this guy in the 4th round two years ago! You better learn how to coach up players that you picked! SIMPLE!!!!!

That is not good enough!!!!! We have other GLARING issues.  I dont want to see a TE picked in this draft unless it is Ebron and we somehow get lucky and get him in the 3rd round! If that dont happen ( which I know it wont) then you better learn how to groom players you picked! That is the downfall of this staff at the Branch!

They have never learned how to groom talent coming out of college.  LEARN or as Mr. Blank put it, he was very unhappy with how things went down last year! And when Mr. Blank is unhappy........people begin to look for other employment!

Dman
Dman

"He completed his career with at least one pass reception in 31 straight games" sounds familiar like Tony. Good choice for 3 rd round...

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

At this point we need a tight end that can block as well as run.  For all his strengths, Tony G. has not blocked anyone in the run game in 3 seasons.  Hopefully CJ can block. This along with a top flight OT, woud do wonders for our run game. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Good program, good size. Hope he's there at #103. We do need a new, mo-better TE. Wouldn't be a wasted pick....

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Good Mornng Dled.

Linemen...having a monster TE would be great. but, if theres no one to throw him the ball, one TE is just as good as another.

ftputt
ftputt

So many hole to fill.  That's a result of multiple draft picks not panning out in the future.  It seems TD has better luck signing guys who don't get drafted.  They need a TE, but I feel they have more important needs to address with earlier picks.  And a lot depends on Julio's foot.  If that can't heal then they are in big trouble.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Take this guy!

He's better right now than anything we have on the current roster.

He won't make it out of the 3rd round.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@keendaddy King -- It hasn't been a lack of priority. Its been a lack of evaluation!!

You cant prioritize the position more than the 2012 Draft when both your top 2 draft picks(Rds. 2 & 3) are O-Lineman. Problem is their names were Peter "King" Konz & Lamar Holmes.

Perria Jerry, Sam Baker & Mike Johnson were all premium draft selections.

Ray Edwards & Edward Maluawi were deadbeats.

Hair-Gel knows/understands the importance of Line of Scrimmage dominance, he simply fails at evaluating talent necessary to dominate.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

I agree you need depth; however I feel that TE is one of the less glaring needs you need that depth. Only one on the roster right now which is a fact, but somehow all this brain trust at the Branch better start learning how to coach a player that is picked in the 4th round or those comp picks mean nothing.Toilol was a comp pick (if I am correct) and going into his third year, he should have been groomed and ready to play by now! David Shaw is one heck of a coach, Mike Bloomgren knows what the heck he is doing running a pro-style offense at Stanford, not to mention that Toilolo had two years to sit and watch the best TE in history work his craft! If he aint ready there are two reasons why:

1. He was not coached correctly

2. He never was a pro player to start with (and somehow I just don’t see this fitting in the equation)

If the Falcons can’t go grab an Arthur Lynch in the 4th round (notice I am staying with the pro-style offense set he played with at UGA) and coach the young man how to "catch" the ball then I will go back to saying......this staff will be on the NBO! (Next Bus Out)

This should have been a at the least on a horrible day a 8 win team last year........fudge injuries........no excuses! If they can’t win 10 games this year and get back in the playoffs, Delta is ready, and they offer one way tickets back to Jacksonville

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS  

Ebron is not making out of Round 2  (truthfully he's a  worst case late Rd. 1).

You have some supplemental picks, you just to use them wisely. You have to have more than one viable TE. That's been one of my issues with them, the reliance on Gonzalez. I know you folks think you this turn around can happen overnight. They need more indeed.

JSSN
JSSN

@ftputt  

If people think the Falcons need 1 O-lineman, 1 - safety, 1- pass rusher, and 1- tight end, well it's gonna be an even longer off-season!

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@ftputt

If they get Watkins at 6 then we know JJ foot is not going well in rehab!

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@ftputt So many holes? They need an offensive linemen, safety, pass rusher and TE. I don't look at that as so many holes.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

@AnsweredTHIS I'm not sure why the Falcons would draft Lynch to begin with.  He's a pass catching TE only and he proved conclusively in college he couldn't run or pass block if his life depended on it.

BannedPoster
BannedPoster

@JSSN @ftputt  The needs are LT, FS, DE/OLB, and TE.  Those are the major holes on the team.  For depth, they need OG, DE, OLB, LB, S, and possibly QB.  The top line stuff you can fill in the first 3-4 rounds and then add depth in the later rounds and FA.  

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS  

I stopped laughing at Baker years ago, but I got plenty more if you want it!

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@JSSN @BannedPoster

HAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!

You here all week JSSN? I will be sure to try the salmon and tip my waiter! Great stand up routine! Sam Baker/Left Tackle........hahahahahahaahhaahahaha!

JSSN
JSSN

@BannedPoster

And for you folks think some real "quality free agents" are fall off the vine when the 2nd wave following OTAs/camps opening, that not going to happen (not this year). First 2 rounds are playmakers. 3-4, you're hoping. 5,6, and 7 are generally you need to develop and hope they can play special teams and not take up places on your practice squad!

JSSN
JSSN

@BannedPoster

"Left Tackle?" The Falcons say Sam Baker is your "Left Tackle!"

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