Source: Texans strike deal with third-rounder C.J. Fiedorowicz
Former Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has agreed to a four-year contract with the Houston Texans, according to a league source.
He was drafted in the third round.
Prior to the draft, Fiedorowicz visited the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets and worked out privately for the Buccaneers.
At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz is a proven big-school player who thrived in the ultra-physical Big Ten Conference. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, bench pressing 225 pounds 25 times with a 31.5-inch vertical leap and a 9-8 broad jump.
Fiedorowicz was rarely featured as a receiver in the Hawkeyes' run-oriented offense, but has displayed quickness and sound hands during practices while at the Senior bowl. He was named the "most outstanding skill position" player of the week as voted on by the coaches.
Fiedorowicz caught 26 passes for 253 yards and led Iowa with six touchdowns last season.
Fiedorowicz displayed shown a great catch radius at the Senior Bowl and was named the Most Outstanding Receiver for the week.
At Iowa, Fiedorowicz primarily operated as a traditional tight end. He only split out four to five games.
Fiedorowicz is similar in size and build to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who excels as a receiver and, when healthy, doubles as a good blocker.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun