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Will You Draft Rob Gronkowski in the 1st Round?

Even with Tom Brady serving a four game suspension, fantasy football owners will still spend a first round pick on TE Rob Gronkowski.  Most, if not all drafts, will start with Antonio Brown, followed by some combination of Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell.  That means the earliest you might see Gronk drafted is pick 5.  While that is probably too early and would mean you pass up on Todd Gurley, DeAndre Hopkins, David Johnson and A.J. Green, it will happen in some league.

Using FantasyPros Draft Wizard, we ran eight mock drafts and made sure we landed the Patriots TE with our first pick.  Here is how we filled out the rest of our rosters, which team would you prefer?

Fantasy Football Draft TE Rob Gronkowski

5th Pick6th Pick7th Pick8th Pick9th Pick10th Pick11th Pick12th Pick
QBPhilip RiversEli ManningAaron RodgersPhilip RiversDrew BreesCam NewtonDrew BreesDrew Brees
RB1Mark IngramLeSean McCoyDoug MartinLeSean McCoyRyan MathewsThomas RawlsRyan MathewsEddie Lacy
RB2Latavius MurrayLatavius MurrayDanny WoodheadCarlos HydeMatt JonesRyan MathewsDuke JohnsonCarlos Hyde
WR1T.Y. HiltonJordy NelsonAlshon JefferyAllen RobinsonAllen RobinsonJordy NelsonAllen RobinsonDez Bryant
WR2Larry FitzgeraldEric DeckerMichael FloydJordan MatthewsRandall CobbJarvis LandryGolden TateDonte Moncrief
WR3Michael CrabtreeAllen HurnsAllen HurnsEmmanuel SandersJeremy MaclinMarvin JonesRandall CobbMichael Crabtree

We ended up drafting Allen Robinson, Drew Brees and Ryan Mathews in three separate drafts, while picking Philip Rivers, Latavius Murray, Michael Crabtree, LeSean McCoy, Jordy Nelson, Carlos Hyde, Randall Cobb and Allen Hurns twice.

One thing we noticed was how often we were able to draft Duke Johnson and/or Matt Jones, yet going a different route.  We ranked Johnson 25th and Jones 27th in our RB Rankings. 

If you are planning on drafting a TE in the later rounds, you can probably hold off until the 7th or 8th and still land Coby Fleener or Gary Barnidge.  Wait until the 9th and you might be able to land Ladarius Green or Jimmy Graham.

Check out our TE rankings here.