CJ Fiedorowicz vs Iowa (2013 Bowl) (via Aaron Aloysius)
This is a guy I seem to like more and more the more tape I see of him. He's a classic TE, and not a WR wanna-be. And he's very underrated. He gets down in a stance in-line and moves dudes around. He seems to have really good footwork when blocking. On several occasions I saw him up against a DL with inside leverage and still be able to engage him and position him himself inside to shield him off from a run going the other way. He seems to win his assignment on nearly every snap. He's not a drive blocker like a 330lbs bull tackle, but he's pretty adept at controlling the man in front of him. And he's not shabby as a pass catcher either.
At 6-5, 265, with 33" arms, and 10.25" hands, the Fedora presents quite the target. He's not gonna take a shallow crossing route and go streaking to the house. But he's an imposing presence when its time to keep a drive alive or when you need to plant a tree in the EZ. And don't think that because he doesn't run a 4.5 (he runs a 4.76 btw) that he's not an athlete. Dude's catch radius is insane. He will go and get that sucker if its not where it should be.
I'd love to have a weapon like Amaro to unleash on defenses. But a guy like Fiedorowicz might have more value. He's going to enhance the running game, he's going to enhance the pass protection, and he's gonna hold his own as a receiver. The Fedora is a glue guy that makes every aspect of the offense a little bit easier.