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Taylor Thompson: Titans version of Rob Gronkowski?


Everybody wants a Gronk, but there's only one.

Well, that's not exactly accurate. There's a whole bunch of them and they all have Zubaz. It's pretty weird.

But Rob Gronkowski ... there's only one of those. The New England Patriots star can pull in Tom Brady passes with his hands, stretch defenses with his speed and truck linebackers with his power.

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The emergence of Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham in New Orleans has teams across the NFL trying to find a dynamic tight end of their own.

Case in point: The Tennessee Titans, who used their fifth-round pick in April on Taylor Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end at SMU who has been converted to tight end.

From the Sporting News:

"According to sources, Thompson showed elite athleticism similar to New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. The Titans believe Thompson could become a dynamic offensive player and be special in the long term if he continues to develop."

A pipe dream perhaps, but Gronkowski was something of a diamond in the rough himself, lasting 41 picks before the Pats grabbed him in 2010.

In Thompson, coach Mike Munchak is hoping to have the matchup nightmare that Bill Belichick enjoys every Sunday in New England. It's a longshot, but the payoff is huge.


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