Having sat out his junior season at Arizona after having back surgery, Rob ended up going in the second round with the 42nd overall pick.
The Patriots got the golden goose following a draft day trade with the Oakland Raiders (despite their scouts calling him "best all-around player in the draft).
"I’m not sure exactly what happened there in New York. We talked to Oakland and we made the trade with them to move up a couple spots and I know the clock was running and it was a little bit late on the clock," Belichick has said since. "We were hustling that in, but I think we got it in on time."
Gronk was also passed over by his hometown Buffalo Bills, who had the 41st pick, a snub Rob hasn’t ever let them forget.
Not everyone was on Team Gronkowski at that stage, however. “Does not have a great top-end speed and may not be able to stretch the field at the next level,” one NFL.com pre-draft analysis of Gronkowski read. “Lacks the elusiveness to make people miss after catch.”
But when Roger Goodell said those magic words "and with the 42nd pick in the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Rob Gronkowski" ... Pats history was made and the Era of Gronk began.
The whole crew was out at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for it -- all the Gronk bros, Papa Gronk, mom Diane and a bunch of friends from nearby Buffalo -- and did they go wild!
And with that, Pats Nation was introduced to fist bumping and the family body slam as chants of "Gronk, Gronk, Gronk" echoed around the Music Hall.
While commenting on the pick, ESPN NFL guru Chris Berman said "he sounds like a player who can play in the northeast." How right he was!
Check out Rob's draft profile in the video below.