Glenn Gronkowski Declares for 2016 NFL Draft: Latest Comments and Reaction

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2016

Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski (48) breaks away from South Dakota defensive lineman Sean Bredl (55) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Kansas State Wildcats fullback Glenn Gronkowski's father, Gordon, said his son will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft, per Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

Mainly known for his blocking, the younger brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski rushed 11 times for 45 yards and a score to go along with five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown in 2015.

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Gronkowski is not a highly rated NFL prospect, but his bloodline runs deep. He had only 16 rushing attempts and 15 receptions in his career but is a bruising fullback (6'3", 234 lbs) who opened huge holes for his Wildcats teammates.

In a story by Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star, Gronkowski said he can do a little bit of everything after throwing a touchdown pass in a game.

“I consider myself more of a hybrid player than just a fullback,” he said. “I do a little bit of everything. We have tried a bunch of different things in practice the last couple years, and we could probably do more. I have no problem lining up running back, tight end or fullback. We have tried it all.”

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said it was essential for the team to have a player like Gronkowski, per Robinett:

That is significant for us, provided the main ingredients are in place. You have to be a physical player. You have to have some size about you. And you have to be able to run, as well. Put all that together and the other traits we want. You like to have a guy who is athletic and has good hands. We are fortunate to have some good guys like that.

It's unclear where Gronkowski will end up in the draft, or if he will be taken at all, but a team looking for an old-school fullback with a football pedigree could take a chance on him.