Will Miami Dolphins second rounder Mike Gesicki do Jimmy Graham-like things?

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki and quarterback Trace McSorley celebrate a touchdown against Maryland at Maryland Stadium. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

DAVIE — If Mike Gesicki does not live up to his status as a high second-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins, it won’t be because he’s not a good enough athlete.

Gesicki is an incredible athlete.

At 6-foot-6, 247 pounds, Gesicki covers 40 yards in 4.54 seconds. And he has a versatile background in football, basketball, volleyball and track and field.

This selection of Gesicki of Penn State with the 42nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was made by general manager Chris Grier. And this is a selection that surely thrilled coach Adam Gase.

“The red zone possibilities,” Grier said Friday. “(Gesicki’s) a hard matchup for people. Move the chains on third down. Open up the field. Big play possibilities. Very excited to have him.”

Gase once tried Jordan Cameron as his lead tight end, and it didn’t work, mostly due to injury. Last season, Gase tried Julius Thomas as his lead tight end, and it didn’t work, mostly because of Thomas’ advanced age.

The Dolphins desperately needed an infusion of youth at the tight end position. And Gesicki has a great chance to start as a rookie.

Miami needed to go to sleep on Friday night with a new tight end. So on that end, mission accomplished.

To do it, Miami passed on tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State, who many ranked higher. But Grier has tended to go more towards big-school players since taking over the Dolphins’ draft room.

“It is an advantage for players like Mike (Gesicki) and (first rounder) Minkah (Fitzpatrick of Alabama) that are used to the big stage and won’t be in awe of anything,” Grier said.

Turns out Fitzpatrick and Gesicki are both New Jersey natives. They also trained together in Pensacola, in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine.

It’s hard to know if Gesicki will be a big-time player, but Gase will give him every chance to succeed. His offense is designed for a tight end to have a much larger role than they’ve had in the last two seasons.

“I am excited to get to work in this offense,” an emotional Gesicki said via teleconference. “With the weapons they have and Ryan Tannehill coming back, I’m very excited. Gase is a young coach, an up-and-coming coach and I’m just excited to learn from him.”

If Miami didn’t have such a glaring need at tight end, they might have considered running back Derrius Guice of LSU, wide receiver Christian Kirk of Texas A&M, quarteback Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State or cornerback Josh Jackson of Iowa.

But this was a need pick. And Miami was able to choose the second tight end off the board, with Hayden Hurst of South Carolina going to Baltimore in the first round.

The Dolphins feel Gesicki can catch split the seam of the field, catch touchdowns in the red zone and learn the offense quickly.

Yes, Gesicki needs to work on his blocking. But how many tight ends block in the NFL these days?

“Jimmy Graham was not a good blocker coming out,” Grier said.

Nobody is comparing Gesicki’s overall skill set and potential to Graham. Not yet.

But it would be nice if Miami has finally drafted a tight end who could do some Graham-like things.

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