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2014 NFL Draft Results: Houston Texans Take C.J. Fiedorowicz With First Pick In Third Round

This is our player. There are many like him, but this one is ours. Read on to learn more about the tight end the Houston Texans took with the first pick of the third round in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your newest Houston Texan!
Ladies and Gentlemen, your newest Houston Texan!
Eric Francis

Fresh on the heels of your own Houston Texans taking Jadeveon Clowney and Xavier Su'a-Filo, in the third round the Texans took C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE--Iowa) in the 2014 NFL Draft.

I can't say I hate this pick.  He fills a need that we have with the departure of Owen Daniels, even though I'm a little flustered by the Texans taking essentially a blocking tight end with the first pick in the third round.  But if, as claims, he's a less-flashy version of Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, I can think of worse things the Texans could have used this pick on.

For those of you who aren't as familiar with him, here's a brief breakdown of our new tight end from

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. Understands how to use his frame and physicality to create subtle separation. Makes athletic hands catches off his frame. Sizable catch radius. Shows toughness and concentration in traffic. Lowers his shoulder to deliver a blow after the catch. Can line up in-line or split out. Smart and durable.

WEAKNESSES Has average, build-up speed. Not elusive after the catch. Can improve as a move blocker and develop more of a mean streak to finish blocks. Average production. Could stand to adopt a more blue-collar work ethic when people aren't watching -- is not a self-starter and has been able to cruise on his rare size and natural ability.

What do you make of this pick? Love it? Hate it? Want to pitch yourself out of a tall building over it? Before you do, make your thoughts known here.