Mike Gesicki is less hyped than his former Penn State teammate Saquon Barkley, who some believe has the chance to be selected No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. But the former Nittany Lions tight end is a coveted prospect in his own right, and ESPN’s Todd McShay said Gesicki could be selected late in the first round April 26.
ESPN's Todd McShay says Mike Gesicki is a late first or early second round pick. "Even though the routes aren’t always the prettiest, and he doesn’t always get separation, he figures out a way with his frame and vertical jump to get late separation," McShay said.
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Gesicki hauled in 57 catches for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2017, putting an exclamation point on a four-year college career at Penn State. He was named a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the best tight end in the nation. Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews won the award.
The Manahawkin, N.J., native bolstered his draft stock with an impressive showing at the NFL combine, recording a 41.5-inch vertical leap (first among tight ends) and a 4.54 40-yard dash time (tied for first among tight ends).
McShay isn’t alone in his evaluation of Gesicki. A recent Bleacher Report mock draft had Gesicki being drafted 29th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.