A Closer Look at Iowa's Tight Ends
THE DEPTH CHART
PRIMARY TIGHT END
1. (A). C.J. Fiedorowicz, sr,, 6-7, 265; 1 (B). Ray Hamilton, jr., 6-5, 252 or Jake Duzey, so., 6-4, 257
SECONDARY TIGHT END
Henry Krieger-Coble, so., 6-4, 245 or George Kittle, r-fr., 6-4, 225
Ike Boettger, fr., 6-6, 235; Jon Wisnieki, fr., 6-5, 220; Peter Pekar, fr., 6-4, 210
C.J. Fiedorowicz became the player his coaches, teammates and fans expected last year. He hauled in 45 passes for 433 yards and a score. At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz automatically is in the discussion for NFL squads seeking a tight end next year. But he could elevate his stock with an even better year this year, especially with improvement as a blocker.
"If he has a great year, probably in the late second round, maybe the third," said Dan Shonka, national scout and general manager for Ourlads Scouting Services. "I'd be surprised if he goes in the fourth.
"He’s got big long arms and I’m sure (offensive line coach) Brian Ferentz is working on his blocking. He’s got the frame and the athletic ability to post up in the end zone like a forward. I think he could be on of the top three tight ends selected."
THE NO. 2
Three players have positioned themselves into a playing role as a secondary tight end behind Fiedorowicz and Ray Hamilton. Sophomores Jake Duzey and Henry Krieger-Coble combined for seven catches last year, and Krieger-Coble caught a touchdown against Michigan. Red-shirt freshman George Kittle -- son of former Iowa player Bruce Kittle -- is likely to see action as well. All three will figure prominently on special teams.
"C.J. is a big, physical guy obviously, a 270-pound guy, and Ray Hamilton is probably more of that mold, whereas Jake Duzey and (George Kittle), they're more of receiver type guys if you will," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Henry has got a little bit of a different mold, different operation."