May 26, 2018

Why Dolphins fans should be excited about Mike Gesicki

30 April 2018, 02:20 | Kristopher Drake

Minkah Fitzpatrick was the first Alabama player taken in this year's NFL Draft


Minkah Fitzpatrick was the first Alabama player off the board during Thursday's NFL Draft when he was selected with the No. 11 pick in the first round by the Miami Dolphins. He was the 42nd overall pick. But that didn't stop him from becoming the most productive tight end in Penn State history. Gesicki isn't a stellar blocker, but he's a great receiving tight end with a high ceiling.

"We talk about run blocking tight ends, and Durham Smythe from Notre Dame focused on that in his career", said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. A basketball and volleyball star in high school in Manahawken, N.J., Gesicki is a multitalented athlete.

The New Jersey native generated hype on a national scale at March's NFL Combine, when he posted several top marks in his position group - including vertical jump (41.5 inches), broad jump (129 inches) and the 40-yard dash (4.54 seconds). Fitzpatrick finished his three-year Alabama career with four interceptions returned for touchdowns to set the school record.

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The All-Big Ten tight end caught 105 passes the last two seasons and Gesicki led the Lions in receptions (57) last season, scoring nine touchdowns.

Gesicki joins five other locals playing in the NFL - Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Austin Johnson (St. Augustine Prep), Atlanta Falcons defensive end Jack Crawford (St. Augustine), Harris (Southern Regional), linebacker Brandon Bell (Oakcrest) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Joe Callahan (Holy Spirit).

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