IOWA CITY — Only the wait remains for C.J. Fiedorowicz.
The Iowa tight end believes he has answered every question he is capable of answering as NFL teams prepared for Thursday’s start of the NFL Draft.
The first-team all-Big Ten selection has spent the months since leading the Hawkeyes in receptions at the Outback Bowl in demonstrating the wide-ranging abilities he can bring to an NFL team.
“I feel I can do a lot of things that tight ends in the NFL are asked to,’’ Fiedorowicz said. “I can catch passes, but I’m not just a receiver. I can block, but I’m not just a blocker. I feel I’ve done a good job of showing the scouts that I have a lot to offer. It’s up to the teams now.’’
Fiedorowicz is likely to be the first among a handful of Hawkeyes expected to be selected in this year’s three-day draft, one of the top tight ends available in what is regarded as a relatively thin group of prospects at his position.
He’s presented himself with that opportunity not only with his work at Iowa — Fiedorowicz caught 91 passes for 899 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past three seasons for the Hawkeyes — but in what he has shown scouts in the months since catching four passes in Iowa’s 21-14 loss to LSU.
At the Senior Bowl in January, Fiedorowicz was named the outstanding receiver for his work during the week at the all-star game.
In February at the NFL Combine, he ran the fastest 20-yard shuttle time and fastest three-cone drill time among tight ends who participated.
His 25 bench presses at 225 pounds were the fifth most among the 14 tight ends who participated at the Combine and his 4.76 time in the 40-yard dash also was the fifth best.
“I felt like at the Senior Bowl, I showed people that I could be a dual-threat guy who could catch and block and then at the Combine, I showed that I had more speed and agility than maybe people thought I had,’’ Fiedorowicz said.
“I’ve always felt I had dependable hands and I’ve been able to show that, too. I’ve tried to do everything I’ve been asked to do to the best of my ability.’’
That doesn’t surprise Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who has watched the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Fiedorowicz evolve from being used primarily as a pass-catching tight end at Johnsburg High School in Illinois to becoming a dominant blocker.
“The thing about him, he was always willing and worked hard in practice to develop into a really good blocker,’’ Ferentz said. “There’s a lot of value in that because it’s hard to find those guys. He’s got good skills as a receiver and is a great target, especially in the red zone. I think he’ll play for a long time moving forward.’’
Fiedorowicz has continued to work with Iowa strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Doyle and his staff to prepare for what lies ahead.
“I’ve been in good hands with coach Doyle and I feel like I’ve done everything I can to put myself in a good position,’’ Fiedorowicz said.
Iowa linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens are considered possible third-day draft selections, which is also where offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten is rated a possibility. Safety Tanner Miller, cornerback B.J. Lowery, offensive lineman Conor Boffeli, kicker Mike Meyer and long snapper Casey Kreiter are among Hawkeyes likely to land free-agent opportunities.