Report Prepared By John Harris
Newspapers. Home phones. Traditional tight ends. What are things that we used to know? What are things that died in the 2000s? What are things we rarely can find in society in 2014? Okay, so that's a little over the top, I mean, you can find newspapers on a Sunday, no?
I kid, but the point is that a traditional tight end, as those of us in our 30s and 40s remember them to be, aren't often found in college football anymore. But, Iowa had one of the best ones in C.J Fiedorowicz. Back in the early to mid-1990s, Fiedorowicz may have been an early second round pick, but given the NFL's movement seemingly away from the hand in the dirt, lined up at Y, more blocking than receiving tight end, he won't be.
However, the Patriots found a way to make Rob Gronkowski a star and he's probably the closest comparison to Fiedorowicz already in the league. He can do a little of everything but "move TE/H hybrid" types will get more acclaim. But, hey, don't we all like to read a newspaper every now and again? You get the point.