KSU FB Glenn Gronkowski to Meet with Patriots During Senior Bowl

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Dakota in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Now that the New England Patriots' offseason is officially underway, they are making plans for next season, which of course includes scouting potential draft targets.

One player on their radar has close ties with the team and one of its biggest stars. That's Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski, the younger brother of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Set to participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday, Gronkowski told James Walker of ESPN.com he is scheduled to meet with New England on Wednesday night.

The possibility of playing with his brother would be something special for the fullback, as he told Walker: "That would be awesome. I've actually never played with any of my brothers before. They've always been too old for me. ... Everyone else has played together, so to be on the same team, that would be a dream come true."

Rob and older brother Dan, who was also a tight end, played together for five games in 2011.

The position seems to be a theme in the family. While Glenn was a fullback during his time at Kansas State, he is being asked to play tight end in the Senior Bowl, something Walker believes will exhibit his versatility and make him more attractive to NFL teams.

He's also reveling in the fact he might have an opportunity to be like his brother Rob, as he told Walker:

Hey, I enjoy it. It's been a goal of ours our whole lives to do this. We've been training since we were small. You definitely got to love it to be part of this family. We like to have fun. We like to work hard, and always staying out of trouble and always doing the right thing. It's definitely fun being a part of this family.

Gronkowski's college numbers, though, don't suggest much. During his senior season with the Wildcats, he had a combined 16 touches for 121 yards. But during Senior Bowl preparations, Walker reported that Glenn has "been more involved in the passing game and showing the good hands that run in his family."

According to Walker, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Gronkowski rated as the No. 2 fullback available in this year's draft, but he'll probably be taken in the later rounds. However, a strong showing at the Senior Bowl will help his case and possibly lead to a realization of his dream to play alongside his brother in the NFL.