Big Rob Drafted by New England in Second Round

April 23, 2010

NEW YORK -

Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowsi was taken with the 10th pick by the New England Patriots in the second round of the National Football League Draft today.

Gronkowski, who turns 21 next month, declared a year early for the NFL draft after missing his junior season in 2009 while rehabilitating from back surgery early last fall. He was the 40th overall selection.

He is the highest drafted Wildcat since cornerback Antoine Cason was chosen with the 27th overall pick in the first round by the San Diego Chargers in the 2008 draft. He's the first Arizona tight end drafted since Brandon Manumaleuna was taken by St. Louis in 2001.

Gronkowski earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press after his 2008 sophomore season. He also was the Pac-10 first-team tight end that year and a candidate for the John Mackey Award.

 

Gronkowsi Career Totals

Year

G-GS

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Long

2007

12-9

28

252

18.8

6

57

2008

10-9

47

672

14.3

10

43

Total

22-18

75

924

12.3

16

57

 

Arizona Tight Ends in the Pros

 -Brandon Manumaleuna, 4th round, 2001, 129th overall, St. Louis Rams

-Rod Lewis, 5th round, 1994, 156th overall, Houston Oilers

-Richard Griffith, 5th round, 1993, 157th overall, New England Patriots

-Mark Walczak, undrafted, 1987, free agent broke in with Bills, was long snapper who played four years with four different teams

-Alfred Jenkins, 9th round, 1987 248th overall, Redskins, was a quarterback at UA, did not make regular-season NFL roster

-Mark Keel, 9th round, 1983, 240th overall, Patriots, one year in 1986 -John Fouse, 13th round, 1965, 175th overall, Eagles, did not make roster

Among Arizona 'ends' drafted in the two-platoon football era was an eventual member of the inaugural class (1976) of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, Hank Stanton. He was taken in the 6th round, 1942, 47th overall, by the Brooklyn Dodgers, a 1930s and early 40s NFL franchise that went into a decline as World War II caused a shortage of players and fans. Other ends drafted were were Dick Christiansen (1953-Giants), Bill Glazie (1952-49ers), John Smith (1950-Rams), Bob Coutchie (1943-Lions) and Boyd Morse (1943-Packers).

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