Scouting Report: Rob Gronkowski

Written by Rob Engle on April 21, 2010




Rob Gronkowski


Position: TE School: Arizona
Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 264 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:

6.39

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 6
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 1.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 4
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 9.5


Tight Ends Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Blocking 8 7
Hands 8 8
Route Running/Separation 8 6.5
Red Zone Threat 8 8



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

18 career starter at Arizona.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: 3rd team All-American. 1st team All-Pac 10.
2007: Honorable mention All-Pac 10.


Academics

Pre-business major at Arizona.

Injuries

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.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2009 - - - - -
2008 47 672 14.3 43 10
2007 28 525 18.8 57 6






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.