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A huge target with a big frame and long arms. Natural hands catcher and almost never uses his chest. Very good run blocker and almost acts like a 6th offensive lineman. Very good athlete and fluid runner. Great redzone target and good leaping ability – he highpoints the ball. Very good after the catch.
Huge risk because of his injury problems. It’s been reported that he suffers from spinal stenosis but Gronkowski has denied those reports. He missed all of last year due to back problems and his two older brothers (also athletes) have had disc problems in their backs as well. Not very sudden or elusive. Won’t outrun many people. Has some leverage issues when blocking.
He would probably be in the discussion for the top tightend taken in the draft if he didn’t have his back issues. Depending on how he did in team physicals he could be taken anywhere from early 2nd round to the end of the 3rd. Amazing talent with upside if he can remain healthy.
18 career starter at Arizona.
Awards and Honors
2008: 3rd team All-American. 1st team All-Pac 10.
2007: Honorable mention All-Pac 10.
Pre-business major at Arizona.
Missed first three games of 2008 with an illness. Missed entire 2009 season with a back injury that consisted of a herniated disk and nerve damage.
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