Mike Gesicki opened a lot of eyes at the NFL combine over the weekend. The Penn State tight end put up impressive numbers in multiple workouts and proved he has star potential at the next level.
The day after Gesicki’s combine showing, he was moved into the first round of Bleacher Report’s 2018 mock NFL draft. Bleacher Report had Gesicki going as the 29th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in April’s draft. Gesicki was also listed as a prospect to watch.
“While the NFL Scouting Combine is only one piece of the prospect puzzle, Gesicki’s stock clearly took a giant leap forward in Indianapolis, so much so that one has to wonder if he could even sneak into the first round,” Bleacher Report’s Paul Kasabian wrote.
Prior to the combine, Gesicki was considered by a lot of analysts to be a second round talent. But the former Nittany Lions tight end likely changed his draft fortunes for the better in Indianapolis.
Gesicki, who stands at 6-foot-6, posted a 41.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9-inch broad jump — both ranked No. 1 for tight ends. He also tied for the best 40-yard dash mark at a speedy 4.54 seconds and had 22 reps on the bench press (225 pounds).
Vertical: 41.5 (1st)
Broad: 10-9 (1st)
40: 4.54 (T-1st)
Bench: 22 reps (2nd) pic.twitter.com/sqTIGx4s0S
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On the field, Gesicki racked up 57 catches, 563 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns for Penn State during the 2017 season.