Fiedorowicz prepares for final push to NFL Draft

Johnsburg native C.J. Fiedorowicz will meet with the Broncos on Sunday, marking the seventh NFL team he has had face-to-face meetings with. (Photo provided)
Johnsburg native C.J. Fiedorowicz will meet with the Broncos on Sunday, marking the seventh NFL team he has had face-to-face meetings with. (Photo provided)

SPRING GROVE – There have been times over the past four months when the days blended together, blurring C.J. Fiedorowicz's calendar.

His life has become a series of airline trips, jettisoning the Johnsburg native and former Iowa tight end off to one NFL city after another. By the time Fiedorowicz makes his final trip to Denver on Sunday, he will have made seven such journeys, traveling from one side of the country to the other.

The grind, at times, can get old. But with the NFL Draft now a mere two weeks away, it's a schedule that Fiedorowicz has come to accept as a necessary part of the process of preparing him for a life in professional football.

"I'm obviously used to working out every day and doing all the things that football has to ask," Fiedorowicz said Thursday. "But as far as flying every day and being in a different state every other day, that was tough. But it's something I knew I needed to do.

"It was hard to keep up with, but once I got moving and after I got my first couple down, it was pretty easy."

Fiedorowicz will meet with the Broncos on Sunday, marking his final pre-draft meeting as he continues to prepare for the next chapter of his football career. His week started in San Francisco, where he met with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh – where he again repeated a message that he is capable of being a dual-threat tight end.

It's a sales pitch he has repeated several times before in meetings with the Lions, Buccaneers, Patriots, Falcons and Jets. The meetings have brought Fiedorowicz face to face with NFL coaches that, prior to his sit-down interviews, he had only seen on television. He quickly learned, though, to be himself in meetings when he has come to view coaches in a different light.

"You meet them and they're people just like us," Fiedorowicz said. "Obviously, they've got a lot of fame, but you just talk to them like any other person. You try not to treat them differently because they could be your coach and so you've got to treat them like they're any other person."

Fiedorowicz, considered to likely be a third-round draft pick, said he felt like a couple of his one-on-one meetings went better than others. He declines to go into more specifics, but feels like as the Draft approaches, teams have a good feel for what the 6-5 1/2, 264-pounder could bring to an NFL roster.

He continues to push his pass-catching abilities after being cast primarily as a blocking tight end at Iowa. But a solid Senior Bowl appearance earlier this year and a busy NFL Scouting Combine turned teams onto the fact that Fiedorowicz is capable of handling multiple responsibilities.

"I think I've got a natural ability to catch the ball," he said.

Fiedorowicz has managed to find a little free time, spending a few days at home in Johnsburg before he heads to Denver on Sunday. From there, he will return home, preparing for the day when he understands his life will change.

Between now, he will try to enjoy what's left of the process, all while continuing to work for an NFL Draft moment he has spent much of his life preparing for.

"I just have to stay focused," he said. "It's a job interview and you have to give it your all – just like I would anything else."

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