Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski will enter the NFL Draft and forego his senior season in Manhattan, KS. The youngest Gronkowski made the announcement made the announcement yesterday after his team lost to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl.
Gronkowski is the younger brother of Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski. The younger Gronk nicknamed “Goose” isn’t expected to be drafted early in the draft and will likely fall to the third day or may have to sign as an undrafted free agent. Should he make it into the league Gronkowski will become the fourth brother to make play in the NFL. His older brothers Glenn and Chris played in the league but didn’t achieve the same level of success that Rob did in New England.
Gronkowski was first team All-Big 12 in 2014. He didn’t get many carries in hi career at Kansas State and was utilized mostly as a blocker although he was utilized as a receiver out of the backfield and had a touchdown against Oklahoma earlier in the year.
Fullbacks aren’t necessarily a premium position in the NFL. Last year Jalston Fowler from Alabama was the first fullback selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Titan picked him in the fourth round with the 108th selection. Gronkowski will land somewhere but he won’t be getting the glitz and glamour treatment Rob gets. If he falls in the draft it will be interesting to see if the Patriots grab him to put him in their backfield to help block so Tom Brady can pass the ball to his big brother.