By: Steve Johnson
Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
6’5 1/2 247 34″ arms, 10 1/8″ hands
4.54 40, 41 1/2″ vert, 10’9″ broad jump
2014: 10 games. 11 rec, 114 yards
2015: 8 games. 13 rec, 125 yards, 1 TD
2016: 14 games. 48 rec, 679 yards, 5 TDs
2017: 13 games. 57 rec, 563 yards, 9 TDs.
Accolades: 2017 Second Team All-Big Ten
History: Manahawkin (NJ) native was a 3 sport (football, basketball, volleyball) star at Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township. His high school’s all time leading scorer in basketball. Was a 3 star recruit
Strengths: Freak athlete, ran a 4.54 40, jumped 41 1/2 and 10’9″ at the combine (would be 3rd fastest, highest vertical and 3rd longest broad among TEs drafted in day one or day two since 2012). Was the NJ State slam dunk champion, check out his dunk videos. Elite ball skills, times his jumps like a rebounder. Has a huge catch radius, plucks the ball at ease. Has big hands (10 1/8″) and uses them well, rarely see him drop a ball. Good route runner, can tell he takes pride in working on it. Was lined up in the slot a lot, can stretch the field up the seam.
Weaknesses: Very limited as a blocker. Does not move his feet laterally, lunges at defenders. Still rather thin framed, looks like a basketball player, will need to add bulk.
Overview: Gesicki, may not be much of a blocker, but he brings the size, athleticism and ball skills to be a weapon day one in the NFL. He can be utilized in the slot and in the red-zone, while his blocking will need to be continually worked on like Zach Ertz.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.50