Mike Gesicki Draft Profile

Mike Gesicki draft profile

Strengths:

  • Receiving threat
  • Smooth in his release
  • Long, athletic gait and loose hips help him create separation on second and third level routes
  • Route running
  • Changes route speeds and works head fakes effectively to mask route intentions
  • Able to run more complex patterns
  • Ball skills
  • Uses length and springs to create rare catch radius
  • Hasn’t had a legitimate pass drop in two years
  • Works the seam without hesitation

Analysis: Mike Gesicki is your prototypical receiving tight end. He will be able to impact the receiving game instantly as a rookie, just do not ask him to block. Gesicki is a long, athletic receiver who is one of the best route runners in the class. He is able to change route speeds and utilizes great head fakes to get his defender off balance. He has full use of a route tree and there isn’t a route he is not familiar with. Plus catch radius. Seam splitter, who can run past linebackers and some safeties. His last two years on tape, I could not find a drop that was on him–soft hands.

Weaknesses:

  • Built more like a high-jumper than a tight end
  • Play strength is below average
  • Hand usage is poor in run game
  • Terrible blocker
  • Needs to prove he can handle physical jams and route redirection
  • Rarely sustains blocks against legitimate edge talent
  • Long and lanky with a stride length that limits quickness in and out of breaks

Analysis: No doubt Mike Gesicki is an elite receiving threat, but he is one of the worst blockers at the tight end position. His play strength is below average and he cannot sustain those blocks, especially against those with edge talent. At times on tape, it’s like Gesicki has no blocking fundamentals, using his shoulder pad instead of his hands to engage defenders. In the receiving department, Gesicki’s long and lanky frame prevents him from possessing the lateral quickness you see in some of the elite receiving tight ends in the NFL. He has struggled against press corners when he lines up on the outside and gets knocked off his route by backers chipping him at the line of scrimmage.

Size: 6’5 247lbs

Draft Rank: No.2 TE

NFL Comparison: Eric Ebron

Draft Projection: Round 2

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