One writer gives Gronk gold in awards

After a record-setting 2011 season, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski seems to have assumed his spot in the elite tier of NFL players at his position.

Former NFL scout and current NFL.com analyst Dan Jeremiah stated as much in a recent post about the league’s top tight ends as part of his “NFL Podium Awards” series.

In fact, Gronkowski earned the top honors, taking home the “Gold” medal, with Jeremiah offering the following on his game:

“Gronk established himself as the clear-cut top tight end in the NFL with his record-breaking 2011 season. He finished the year with 90 catches for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. He made my list of the seven most dominant players in the NFL because of the matchup nightmare he creates for opposing teams. He has a rare combination of size, strength, explosiveness and ball skills. At only 23 years old, he should continue to be the leader at this position for a very long time.”

It should be noted that although he did not receive a medal of his own, Gronkowski’s teammate and fellow third-year tight end, Aaron Hernandez, checked in amongst the group of “others considered.”