Browns: Top 5 tight end targets in the 2018 NFL Draft
3. Mike Gesicki, Penn State
Moving to likely the best athletic, high-point catching tight end in the class, Penn State’s Mike Gesicki is scarily athletic and will likely garner a ton of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine. He played mainly as a receiver for the Nittany Lions, and he will likely have the same job in the NFL.
It is a known fact that Gesicki’s blocking skill leaves a lot to be desired. WalterFootball’s contacted scout likens him a lot to current New Orleans Saint Coby Fleener:
"“Here’s how one team source broke down Gesicki, ‘Gesicki is Coby Fleener. Tall, lean, probably will run fast; horrendous blocker – even [versus] defensive backs. He’s got some high-point ability, but I have seen him drop his share of contact catches and contested catches too. I don’t feel he’s as a strong as he could be.” — Charlie Campbell, Walter Football"
For 2017, Gesicki wowed in the Penn State offense with 57 total catches for 563 yards and nine receiving touchdowns. He has amazing athleticism, will probably test off the charts at the NFL Scouting Combine, especially in the vertical jump.
Throughout the year, Gesicki showed tremendous ability to just body up smaller defenders at the high point. At 6-foot-5 and 242 pounds, he can also use his body to get the better of even taller cornerbacks and safeties.
Gesicki comes out to this: a matchup nightmare that cannot block. If he were a bit quicker, he might work as a receiver. In his current state, he should probably just stay away from blocking in his offensive schemes. Maybe the Browns could use him as a receiver-tight end hybrid.