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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Tight End Mike Gesicki

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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Tight end Mike Gesicki #88 of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs with the football after a reception against defensive back Ezekiel Turner #24 of the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Tight end Mike Gesicki #88 of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs with the football after a reception against defensive back Ezekiel Turner #24 of the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile of tight end Mike Gesicki out of Penn State breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.

Tight end Mike Gesicki out of Penn State brings an interesting skill-set to the table. At 6-6 and 257 lbs., his size gives him the advantage to do some serious damage in stride. He uses his frame to create good mismatches and has the speed to take it all the way to the house.

At four years at Penn State, Gesicki made a name for himself at hauling in tough passes once he was in the air in tough defensive situations. He always had a high chance at making those kinds of difficult receptions and made them look easy in the process.

Of course, Gesicki has a major area of opportunity when it comes to his overall blocking and pass protection when used as an extra blocker on offense. Here’s a look at his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights of what makes him good at what he does, and a draft day prediction.

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STRENGTHS

Runs routes efficiently and uses his size to intimidate opposing defenders. Gesicki makes plays once he gets into a rhythm and has plays catered around his ability to break out through the top of a defense and go the distance. Known as a premier red-zone threat due to scoring a good amount of touchdowns at Penn State. In his four years in college, Gesicki totaled 1,481 receiving yards, 129 receptions, 15 touchdowns, and had an average of 11.5 yards per catch.

WEAKNESSES

Needs some serious coaching and training with pass protection and doing his part in blocking schemes on offense. Will oftentimes misjudge the speed of blitzing defenders and not have enough of a reaction time to pick them up, resulting in a loss of yards or a quarterback sack. For teams that are run-heavy or require more out of their tight ends besides their ways to keep those chains moving, Gesicki’s draft stock will decrease.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Gesicki is a talented tight end but a bit one-dimensional due to his ability to make big plays but lacks awareness in his blocking skills when it comes to the other half at what makes those at his position great. This will undoubtedly hurt his overall draft value as he’ll more than likely end up as a mid to late second-round pick.

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