Gronkowski still waits, doesn’t go in first roundby Anthony Gimino on Apr. 22, 2010, under Sports
Former Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski was in the green room at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft, but his name wasn’t called Thursday night.
The NFL conducted the first round of the draft in prime time, with the second and third rounds scheduled for Friday, starting at 3 p.m. Tucson Times, before the draft wraps up Saturday with rounds 4 through 7.
After Gronkowski’s workout for scouts at Arizona Stadium last month, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, predicted Gronkowski would be a first-rounder. A few things worked against Gronkowski, however — this was considered a deep draft, tight ends aren’t considered a first-round priority, and — accurate or not — some teams have lingering concerns because of the back surgery that cost him all of his junior season in 2009.
Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham was the only tight end selected in the first round, going No. 21 overall to Cincinnati.
Some of the teams that have a need and have reportedly been interested in Gronkowski — the Chiefs, Ravens and Patriots — have picks early in the second round.
The Pac-10 had only two players selected in the first round, both from Cal. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu surprisingly went 10th and running back Jahvid Best was the 30th pick.
Arizona’s list of first-round draft picks remains at 10. Here is the list:
- Walter Nielsen (1939, 10th pick), Giants, Back
Bull Lueck (1968, 26th pick), Packers, Guard
Mike Dawson (1976, 22nd pick), Cardinals, Defensive Tackle
Ricky Hunley (1984, 7th pick), Bengals, Linebacker
Chris Singleton (1990, 8th pick), Patriots, Linebacker
Anthony Smith (1990, 11th pick), Raiders, Defensive End
John Fina (1992, 27th pick), Bills, Tackle
Chris McAlister (1999, 10th pick), Ravens, Defensive Back
Trung Canidate (2000, 31st pick), Rams, Running Back
Antoine Cason (2009, 27th pick), Chargers, Cornerback