Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 09/20/09 (Before injury): #1 Junior TE, #16/750 Overall, Projected: Round(s) 1 2009: Missed 2009 with back injury…The best tight end in Arizona annals, and earning deserved acclaim as the best in the country, certainly a plausible claim with his brand of athletic big-man talent… 2008: Gronkowski was a third-team AP All-American in 2008 and the first-team All-Pac-10 tight end… Arizona single-game, -season and career records holder for receptions, yards and touchdowns by a tight end… Probably more important in running game… Despite missing first three games of 2008, he finished with 47 receptions for 672 yards and team-high 10 scores - five of those in his first two games back… Twice he earned John Mackey National Tight End of the Week honors - once after career 12-143 game at Oregon that almost helped UA overcome huge deficit… Touchdown to catch ratio of 1:5… Has three career 100-yard games including the UO outing, a 4-115 contest vs. WSU in 2008 and a 5-109 outing vs. WSU in 2008… Three TDs against Washington in '08 are career best… 43-yard grab vs. WSU was season-long… 57-yard grab vs. Cougars as a freshman was his longest…2007: He lived up to his billing and came through with Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and Rivals.com in 2007… Also earned TSN freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-Pac-10 from league coaches… Caught 28 passes for a team-best 18.8 yards per reception, for a then school tight-end record 525 yards… Had six touchdown catches… His 28 grabs are No. 3 in UA history for a tight end behind Mark Keel's 32 in 1980 and his own 47 in '08… Set successive yardage marks of 515 and the 672.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Tight end Rob Gronkowski: The soft-handed product out of Arizona convinced New England doctors that he was healthy enough to warrant a second-round pick. Gronkowski fills a huge need and could be expected to contribute from day one.
A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/42 -- Rob Gronkowski, TE, 6-6, 265, Arizona, After sitting out 2009 with a back injury, Gronkowski left college early as one of the top tight end prospects. He has soft hands and can block, filling a huge hole in New England. - by The Sports Xchange
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05/17/13 - TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to undergo a fourth surgery next week to replace a plate inserted into the left forearm that was broken during a game in November, according to multiple reports Thursday.
Doctors are hoping that a persistent infection in the arm has cleared through medication, but it won't be determined until the surgury.
ESPN.com reported that Gronkowski consulted with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and that the procedure will be performed by upper-limb specialist Dr. Jesse Jupiter of Massachusetts General Hospital.
If the infection is gone, the recovery is expected to take eight to 10 weeks, which would be near the start of training camp.
Gronkowski has experienced setbacks with the arm since the original injury occurred Nov. 18 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts. He rebroke it during a playoff game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 13 and has been limited in offseason workouts.
04/08/13 - A persistent infection in Rob Gronkowski's left arm could jeopardize his availability for the start of the 2013 season, the Boston Herald reported Sunday.
The infection developed in the New England tight end's broken left forearm after a second plate was inserted to aid the healing process. Gronkowski is currently receiving antibiotic treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Gronkowski initially suffered a broken arm in a Nov. 18 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts. He returned late in the regular season and then rebroke the arm in the Patriots' playoff loss to the Baltimore Colts in January.
After the second break, a new plate was surgically inserted. A third surgery might be needed to eliminate the infection and then a fourth surgery would be done to insert a new plate. A fourth surgery could extend the healing process, which takes 10 weeks, up to the start of the regular season.
NFL.com reported Sunday that doctors are evaluating the next steps and determining if surgery is needed, and, if so, when it would take place. A decision could be a few weeks away. USA Today reported that no surgeries are currently scheduled.
Team medical personnel, doctors, consultants and Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are expected to meet within a week to set a treatment plan, according to the Herald.
"I'm doing a lot better, definitely," Gronkowski said in March in an interview with ESPN Radio. "Feeling a lot better. My arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs and regular season when I broke it."
03/28/13 - TE Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery in February for an infection in the arm that was broken twice this past season, he confirmed Wednesday.
Gronkowski told ESPN Radio that he's well down the road in his rehab.
"Just rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it. You want to get everything activated, re-activated, because it shuts down for a little bit when it's healing," he said.
01/18/13 - TE Rob Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve Thursday because of the broken left forearm he suffered against the Texans. It's the second time the Pro Bowler has broken his left forearm since November.
01/17/13 - TE Rob Gronkowski did not practice once again on Thursday, and was placed on injured reserve with the broken left forearm he suffered against the Texans. It's the second time the Pro Bowler has broken his left forearm since November.