Mike Gesicki

Penn St.
TE

Prospect Info

College
Penn St.
Hometown
Class
Manahawkin, NJ
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
247 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.92
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Miami
Dolphins
Round 2 ‧ Pick 10
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
Bench Press
22
Reps
Vertical Jump
41.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
129.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.76
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.1
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.33
Seconds
 
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Gesicki is a phenomenal athlete at the tight end position, and colleges saw that aspect of his makeup while inspecting his high school career: All-American, top-15 prospect at tight end (33 receptions, 530 yards, four touchdowns receiving); New Jersey Player of the Year, school's all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,867 points) and state slam dunk contest winner; four-time letter-winner in volleyball. Penn State reeled him in for the 2014 season, playing in all 13 games (one start) in his first season (11 catches for 114 yards). He started eight of 12 games in 2015, compiling 13 throws for 125 yards and his first touchdown. Gesicki used his size, athleticism, and soft hands to benefit from the team's improvement on offense in 2016, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten notice from league coaches by starting all 14 games and finishing among the top tight ends in the country in receiving (48 receptions, 679 yard, five scores).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Tyler Higbee
Overview
If you are looking for a tight end who can line up and help in the running game, he's not your guy. However, if you want a pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties, he might be your guy. Gesicki needs to improve his play strength and his issues as a blocker could limit the amount of teams who will target him, but he has a chance to become one of the better pass catching tight ends in the league.
Strengths
  • Smooth in his release
  • Generates vertical concern for cover linebackers with sneaky build-up speed
  • Long, athletic gait and loose hips help him create separation on second and third level routes
  • Puts effort and work into route running
  • Works the seam without hesitation
  • Changes route speeds and works head fakes effectively to mask route intentions
  • Able to run more complex patterns
  • Ball skills stand out amongst tight end class of 2018
  • Confident focused pass catcher
  • Prep standout in volleyball and basketball with the leaping and timing to prove it
  • Uses length and springs to create rare catch radius
  • Makes in-air adjustments to the ball and is in optimal position to pull it in when it gets there
  • Hasn't had a legitimate pass drop in two years
Weaknesses
  • Built more like a high-jumper than a tight end
  • Long and lanky with a stride length that limits quickness in and out of breaks
  • Will struggle to shake coverage on short routes near the line of scrimmage
  • Play strength is below average
  • Needs to prove he can handle physical jams and route redirection
  • Can be slow to get head around and find the ball
  • Passive approach as blocker puts run plays in immediate peril
  • Hand usage is poor in run game
  • Rarely sustains blocks against legitimate edge talent

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league