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Report: Patriots sign rookies Cunningham, Gronkowski

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By PFW staff

The Patriots have agreed to terms with two more of their 2010 draft picks, signing OLB Jermaine Cunningham and TE Rob Gronkowski to four-year contracts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Cunningham, the second of the team's three second-round picks and the 53rd selection overall, played defensive end at Florida but will convert to OLB in the pros. He accumulated 19½ sacks as a three-year starter for the Gators.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-3, 266-pound Cunningham "flashes pop and power in his hands" but "struggles to break down and tackle in space."

Gronkowski, the first of the team's three second-round picks and the 42nd selection overall, is expected to compete for the starting tight end job in training camp. Playing at Arizona, he had 47-672-10 receiving in 2008 before missing all of last season due to back surgery.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that the 6-6, 265-pound Gronkowski "has soft, natural hands with good pluck-and-snatch ability" but is "not a fluid route runner and appears a bit mechanical at the top of his stems."

 

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