Ex-Cat Gronkowski starts his draft diaryby Anthony Gimino on Feb. 02, 2010, under Sports
Former Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski is writing (or dictating) a draft diary for the Sporting News, with the first installment on line here.
Gronk is training in Miami but will be back in Tucson on March 12 for pro day on the UA campus, as scouts evaluate individual Wildcats and their NFL potential.
Gronkowski also has been invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis later this month, although it’s not clear how much he will be able to participate as he continues his rehab from back surgery.
“One thing I’ve improved upon significantly since I was a freshman at Arizona is my route running,” Gronkowski wrote. “My coaches taught me a lot, and now I know how to get open more consistently. I still can run crisper routes, get better there like in all areas of my game.”
Scout.com NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber was asked about Gronkowski’s draft prospects in an on-line chat last week. His response:
“Gronkowski has to show that his back is fully healthy. I think he’s a third rounder at this point, but he could move up with a great offseason.”
Prediction: I don’t think Gronkowski will fulfill his first-round dreams but, if his back allows him to show his stuff for scouts, he also won’t fall to the third round. Looks like he’s right in the middle in the second round to me.
Click here for a video clip from Gronkowski’s news conference last month to announce he was leaving early for the NFL.