Sep 28, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) attempts to break away from a tackle by Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Aaron Hill (57) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
In a bit of a surprise, the Houston Texans passed on a quarterback and went with Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with the No. 65 of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fiedorowicz was graded a 5.46 in his NFL Draft Profile on NFL.com, as he stands at 6-5 and weighs 265 pounds.
Remember, the Texans released veteran Owen Daniels this offseason and have Ryan Griffin and Garrett Graham on the roster at TE as well. One of them probably won’t be making the team because of this selection.
Fiedorowicz’s NFL.com draft page says of his strengths:
"“Outstanding size and big hands. Carries his weight well. Has size to widen the hole or seal defensive ends. Good balance and body control for his size. Surprising lower-body flexibility to sink his hips to run sharp-angle routes. Has stature and enough speed to threaten the seam.”"
He was a projected third- or fourth-round selection.
In 2013 he had 30 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns. For his collegiate career in the Big Ten (Texans head coach Bill O’Brien coached in the Big Ten for the past two seasons), Fiedorowicz totaled 91 receptions for 899 yards and 10 TDs.
This is a pick for the future of the Texans, as it seems they are focusing on the offense right now, which is opposite of what I thought they would or should do. I don’t believe this was a spot where the Texans picked the best player available or even picked as a need.
What are your thoughts on this selection?
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