Finding Broncos: Scouting Fullback Glenn Gronkowski

Next up on the scouting list is a fullback from Kansas State. His brother has made a name for himself in the NFL, but is he like his brother in any way? MHH Analyst Erick Trickel examines.

http://www.scout.com/player/143562-glenn-gronkowski?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.71 SEC

BENCH PRESS (225 lbs): 17 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 33.0 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 120.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 7.10 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.45 SEC

60-YARD SHUTTLE: 11.95 SEC

Pros

  • Isn’t his brother Rob Gronkowski, and has no worries off the field or injury concerns
  • Family pedigree in the NFL
  • Athletic
  • Excellent hand usage to keep blocks engaged
  • Is a multi-threat, blocking, receiving and running
  • Strikes upward on contact
  • Drives hips through his blocks
  • Has good enough vertical speed to stretch the field
  • Prototypical H-Back
  • Can make in impact from all over the field

Cons

  • Isn’t his brother. Meaning he doesn’t have the physical traits and freakness of his brother
  • Has to improve a lot as a blocker
  • Will get creamed by NFL inside linebackers
  • Offense has to work to fit him in and can’t just plug into any offense
  • Not much of a runner, outside of short yardage situations
  • Biggest threat as a receiver
  • Name carries his draft stock
  • Just another guy

Overall Thoughts

His surname carries a lot of weight with people outside of the NFL. However, when you get past the name, you find just a mediocre fullback, who should be used primarily as a receiver. He doesn’t bring “it” as a blocker, and his running is weak.

Even Gronkowski's receiving ability is just average, and nothing that screams “draft him” to me. There's some versatility in scheme and how to use him, but the team will have to make him work. I just don’t see him as a viable fullback option for the Denver Broncos. He doesn’t fit what they want.

Broncos Round Projection: Undraftable

Where He Goes: 7th-Undrafted

Per sources: One person within the NFL I spoke to said, “He will get drafted by name, but take that name away and you see someone who doesn’t have a place in the NFL.”

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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