The San Francisco 49ers opened their offseason workout program on Monday, but they also have a busy day of prospect visits. Aaron Wilson is reporting the team is hosting Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. This comes the same day the team reportedly had Aaron Colvin and Terrance West in to visit.
Fiedorowicz is an interesting prospect for the 49ers. He played tight end at Iowa, and all indications are that he focused primarily on the blocking aspect. However, even with only 26 receptions for 253 yards, it sounds like he brings a lot of raw potential as a pass catcher. According to Wilson's article, he was voted Most Outstanding Receiver during Senior Bowl week.
He sounds very confident in his ability to develop into a dual threat tight end. And the 49ers could very well decide they want to upgrade their depth at the position. Vernon Davis is not going anywhere, but he will be 32 at the end of his current contract following the 2015 season. He appears to keep himself in tip-top shape, but you never know how age will impact a given athlete.
Beyond Davis though, there are still some questions to be answered. Vance McDonald was drafted in the second round, but it was very much a developmental season for him. He worked on his blocking, but was not used in the passing game nearly as much as some of us expected. Behind Davis and McDonald, Garrett Celek continues to hang around, and Derek Carrier will get some chances to compete in camp as well. Neither is going to blow anybody away at this point, so it would not be at all surprising to see the 49ers bring in another tight end for some competition.
Here's a quick rundown of some of Fiedorowicz's pertinent measurements from the Combine:
Weight: 265 lbs
Arm length: 33"
Vertical: 31 1/2"
20-yard shuttle: 4.26
3-cone drill: 7.10