Eyeing “Baby Gronk”

March 21st, 2016

GronkLast year, the Bucs drafted Samoan fullback/running back Joey Iosefa out of the University of Hawaii in the seventh round.

Iosefa later became the featured back in the Patriots’ win against Tennessee in December, grinding out 51 yards on 14 carries.

The point is general manager Jason Licht drafted a fullback a year ago, and the Bucs need a fullback now even more than they did then. Dirk Koetter appears to be a pro-fullback head coach. Remember, he developed Pro Bowler Patrick DiMarco in Atlanta.

Jorvorskie Lane had a horrific injury in the Bucs’ season finale, and there’s no other fullback currently on the roster.

This is why Joe is keeping an eye on the man known as “Baby Gronk,” fullback Glenn Gronkowski out of Kansas State. The youngest brother of Rob Gronkowski is someone Joe met at the NFL Scouting Combine, and the 6-2, 240 specimen loves to talk about his versatility and desire to play special teams.

Joe also likes the Gronkowski pedigree, and most guys like him from an NFL family. That knowledge of expectations goes a long way, Joe believes. Former Bucs safety Cody Grimm overachieving as a seventh-round pick comes to mind.

Gronkowski is projected as a sixth- or seventh-round pick. Joe could totally see the Bucs making that move, if every pass rusher with a pulse is off the board.

18 Responses to “Eyeing “Baby Gronk””

  1. Guzzie Says:

    If not gronk, FB Dan Vitale of Northwestern looks like another Alstott, 6’1 239, and ran a 4.60 (Gronkowski ran 4.72) plus has great hands (102 catches in career), plus is a devastating blocker, another 6th rounder I’d love to see is kicker from FSU Agayo, turn 2 6th rounders into 10 year starters, that alone would make this a good draft

  2. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Baby Gronk “Up The Gut”!

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    Uh, BigHogHaynes……they a paying Doug Martin a boatload of money to run up, around and through the gut……all they want in a FB is a blocker

  4. Joehelldeloxley Says:

    Iosefa has signed with anbody yet (perhaps I’m wrong) why are we not testing him again ?

    After all he was good enought to play with pats, so he isn’t that bad.

    He’s still on the Pats roster.–Joe

  5. Supersam Says:

    We will draft a fullback but it won’t be this guy. It will be Dan Vitalie, I heard Dirk Keotter is in love with this kid, he can catch, run, block, whatever u need him to do. His college team called him the ” super back”.

  6. Bucco Brice Says:

    …also love Vitale here, ditto…doesn’t Stocker become the lead blocker now??

    Luke Stocker is the Bucs’ No. 1 tight end.–Joe

  7. Joe Daddy-85 Says:

    Vitale is definitely the guy to pursue! Right after the Kicker from FL St.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Baby Gronk would be a cool name…but in truth he’s not what we need (at present) in a fullback.

    I basically have two measuring sticks for fullback…

    Mike Alstott
    Lorenzo Neal

    If a fullback can’t play the role like one of those guys, then I don’t want him.

    That said…Mike Alsott was not a good pass blocker and pass catcher when he was drafted. He had to work at those things first.

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    And, as much as I would LOVE to have a new Mike Alstott guy…a Lorenzo Neal guy would be better given the way the NFL is heading.

  10. R.O Says:

    Vitale the FB from NW should be the player we target.

  11. skipper Says:

    I doubt Roberto Aguayo will make it to the 6th round.

  12. Kari Says:

    Do some research on Andy Janovich-Nebraska. He’s better than all those guys and would be a STEAL in the 6th.

  13. ImJustHereForJameisNews Says:

    I agree w Skipper. I’d be surprised if Aguayo made it to the 5th round even…

  14. Miko Says:

    We have two kickers…no need to blow a pick on a kicker

  15. Baz Says:


    I can’t look up stats at the moment, but I believe you’re wrong about Alstott’s receiving early in his career. Didn’t he lead the team in receptions with 71 his rookie year?

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says:
    March 21st, 2016 at 10:30 am
    “Mike Alsott was not a good pass blocker and pass catcher when he was drafted.”

    Just more misguided “analysis” from Bonsai – Alstott caught 65 passes as a rookie.

  17. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    Alstott was a fumble machine. Anybody see him on Wheel of Fortune? Derp!
    All that said, his running highlight reel was fabulous. Man he could mow em down.

  18. Kevin Says:

    I was pissed when we juat let losefa go. He seemed like a grinder. Another move jason licht drafted and lovie made the roster call