Report: Patriots to host Fiedorowicz, Bucannan

Report: Patriots to host Fiedorowicz, Bucannan
April 16, 2014, 9:15 am
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Job interviews at Gillette Stadium continue. According to the NFL Network, the Patriots will have two potential draftees make a visit to Foxboro on Wednesday: Iowa tight end CJ Fiedorowicz and Washington State safety Deone Bucannan.

At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz would be an infusion of size and talent to a tight end spot that currently features a recovering Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and DJ Williams. Fiedorowicz earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors last season after catching 30 balls for 299 yards and six touchdowns.

The Iowa product already has some ties to the Patriots organization as he played under head coach Kirk Ferentz whose son, Brian, was a Patriots assistant and coached Patriots tight ends before being hired by his father to coach the offensive line for the Hawkeyes.

Like some of the Iowa tight ends before him -- Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki -- Fiedorowicz would likely be able to contribute as a solid blocker off the bat, and he flashed enough athleticism at the Senior Bowl to project as a more-than-serviceable option in the passing game as well. He projects as the fourth or fifth tight end off the board, according to some experts, making him a potential third or fourth-round pick.

Bucannan is a bigger safety would could provide the Patriots some pop in the back end of their secondary as well as depth. New England could add to its safety spot in the draft to help secure a partner for Devin McCourty with whom the team is comfortable. The other safeties on the Patriots roster as of now include Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner and Kannoris Davis.

Bucannan was one of the best defenders in college football last season, earning AP First-Team All-American honors after posting 109 tackles and six picks. At 6-1 and 211 pounds, he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash but questions remain as to his fluidity in changing direction in the passing game. The consensus seems to be, however, that he would be a willing contributor in defending the running game and could make opposing receivers think twice about crossing the middle with his ability to make a big hit.

As one of the best four or five best safeties in the draft, and among the top two when specified as a "strong" safety, Bucannan could cost a team a second- or third-round selection.