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Glenn Gronkowski declares for 2016 NFL Draft

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Can the NFL handle another Gronk? We're about to find out...

That is after Glenn Gronkowski, the younger brother of New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, revealed that he would be foregoing his Senior year in order to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Unlike his more famous brother, however, Mini-Gronk isn't a tight end and probably won't end up being drafted in the second round.


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The Kansas State junior plays fullback in fact but is ranked as one of the better players at the position heading into the draft. Fullbacks aren't massively in demand, though, so Glenn will likely be little more than a 6th or 7th round pick.

"I think it's the right time," Gronkowski said after the Wildcats' 45-23 loss to Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday. "Time to move on."

The youngest of the five Gronk brothers, Glenn Gronkowski touched the ball only 16 times last season, finishing with 45 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Glenn would be the fourth of the Gronks to play in the National Football League, following in the footsteps of Rob, Chris - a fullback for the Cowboys, Colts, and Broncos - and Dan, a tight end who drafted in the 7th round in 2009 by the Lions.

Thankfully, Gronk the Younger already has a nickname of his own, 'Goose', so the two shouldn't be mixed up at any time. 

Interestingly, the Patriots cut their fullback Joey Iosefa, so there is a spot on the roster potentially available for another Gronkowski, should Bill Belichick and co be persuaded to spend a draft pick on the youngster.

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