Just like earlier in the second round for the Buccaneers, the Dolphins have a perceived need at running back, but unlike the Bucs, Miami went with a different offensive position taking Penn State’s tight end Mike Gesicki with the 42nd pick.
A partial breakdown of the Gesicki is here from NFL.com
“Gesicki is a phenomenal athlete at the tight end position, and colleges saw that aspect of his makeup while inspecting his high school career: All-American, top-15 prospect at tight end (33 receptions, 530 yards, four touchdowns receiving); New Jersey Player of the Year, school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,867 points) and state slam dunk contest winner…”
Penn State head coach James Franklin glowed Friday morning about Gesicki, who’s 6’5 and 250lb. big body stands out, and described his top trait as “his athleticism in the passing game.” And, the fact that he’s former slam dunk champion in high school and volleyball four year letter winner shows that he can leap against smaller defenders.
Gesicki had 115 total catches his last two years and caught a total of 15 TDs in his Nittany Lions career.
The Dolphins have been in need of finding a tight end. They traded for Julius Thomas from the Jaguars last season, but he gave them virtually nothing last season.
So, this does address a need for Miami.
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