Getting To Know Our Rookies: Mike Gesicki


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Miami Dolphins
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: October 3, 1995 (age 22)
Lakewood Township, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Manahawkin (NJ) Southern Regional
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards

NFL.com Draft Profile

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
TDS Take:
This was one of my favorite picks as this kid can be special, he will need to add some strength and at least learn to do better blocking but he should instantly become a security blanket for Ryan Tannehill in the slot as well as the RED-ZONE with his 41 inch vertical.
Miami’s offense can create mismatches and Adam Gase has a tool to use and mold into hopefully the next  great receiving TE.
WELCOME TO MIAMI Mike Gesicki

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