NFL Draft Spotlight: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

by Cory J. Bonini on April 12, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Arizona junior tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) declared for the 2010 NFL Draft after sitting out the entire 2009 season after back surgery. In his two seasons as a Wildcat, he caught 75 passes for 1,197 yards and scored 16 times.


  • Hands: Gronkowski's best attribute, he can pluck the ball up high, catch down low and grab the ball out of the air fluidly while on the move.
  • Quick off the line
  • Fast enough down the seam to create mismatches
  • Tough, gritty player - old-school tight end with the ball in his hands
  • Comes from football stock
  • Quality size: 6-foot-6, 258 pounds
  • Capable blocker
    Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona Wildcats
    Injury clouds his value
  • Finds holes in zone coverage with ease


  • Disc surgery cost him the 2009 season: How will he bounce back? Is it a long-term detriment? How much risk is a potential NFL employer assuming?
  • Lack of elusiveness
  • Timing: doesn't time his jumps very well

Expected draft placement

The injury will likely keep Gronkowski out of the first round, despite being a Round 1 talent. Gronkowski should be a high second-rounder. His draft stock really comes down to how much risk the drafting team wants to take on.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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