Penn State Top Tight End Prospect Mike Gesicki
This week’s focus remains in the Keystone state as we take a look at one of the top tight end prospects in this draft. The Philadelphia Eagles could find themselves in need of help at the tight end position. With tight end Trey Burton expected to become a free agent the cap-strapped Eagles could be in a bind.
Also, there are rumors that tight end Brent Celek could retire. The second-year tight end Billy Brown is an in-house favorite to step up, but the Eagles will need another option. As a result, this is where Penn States Mike Gesicki comes into the picture.
Gesicki Dominated In His Time At Penn State
With the 32nd pick, Gesicki could be in play for the Eagles. Gesicki is physically gifted at 6’5 and 247 pounds drawing comparisons to Jimmy Graham and Zach Ertz. Last season Gesicki started all 14 games for the Nittany Lions bringing in 57 catches for 563 yards and nine touchdowns.
During his first two seasons, Gesicki was a backup. However, in his last two seasons as a starter, he broke out for 105 catches 1242 yards and 14 touchdowns. Over the course of his career, Gesicki caught 129 passes for 1429 yards and 15 touchdowns. All of these numbers broke many Penn State record for tight ends. Furthermore, last season Gesicki was a Mackey Award finalist in which is the award goes to the nation’s top tight end.
B1G Championship bound!
No. 7 Penn State wins big over Michigan State thanks in part to his incredible catch by Mike Gesicki pic.twitter.com/k5yVMQzF7A
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 27, 2016
Gesicki Impresses At The NFL Scouting Combine
Gesicki showcased his abilities at the combine. He ran a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash, which was tied for the fastest time among tight ends. His 41 inch vertical was the highest, and he also led in the broad jump, three-cone drill and ten and 60 yard shuttle times.
What Gesicki can bring from Penn State to Philadelphia
Gesicki could become an instant contributor to the Eagles if selected. Due to his volleyball and basketball background, Gesicki is good at catching jump balls. He can also line up at receiver. As a result, a significant vertical threat and a red zone threat teaming with Zach Ertz the Eagles could form a dominant tight end duo for the near future.
— Steel Legends (@Steel_Legends) March 5, 2018
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