With the 42nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins took Mike Gesicki out of Penn State.
Get to know the Dolphins new 6’6” tight end with five fast facts:
1. Gesicki played four seasons at Penn State, turning in his highest receiving-yard total during his junior year, gaining 679 yards on 48 catches. Though his yardage output went down as a senior, Gesicki did have a career-high 57 catches and nine touchdowns last year.
2. The 247-pound New Jersey native was considered one of the best tight ends in his recruiting class. According to 24/7 Sports’ composite ranking, Gesicki was the sixth best tight end recruit in the country and the seventh best overall recruit out of New Jersey. Among the notable players ranked ahead of him were Browns safety Jabrill Peppers and fellow-2018 draft pick Quenton Nelson.
3. Gesicki dominated the NFL Combine, running a 4.54 second 40-yard dash, tying N.C. State’s Jaylen Samuels for the best time among tight ends. Among tight ends, he also had the best vertical jump, broad jump and time in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle, along with the second highest bench-press total.
4. At Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township, N.J., Gesicki set all-time school records for receiving yards, receptions and touchdown catches.
5. Gesicki starred in three sports in high school. Along with football, he played basketball and volleyball. In volleyball, he led his team to two straight state titles and set the school record for blocks. In basketball, he graduated as the school’s all-time leader in scoring.