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WATCH- New Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has some serious athletic gifts

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The Dolphins have been re-tooling their offensive weapons all off season. Adding speedy, smaller receivers Danny Amendola from the Patriots, and Albert Wilson from the Chiefs. Plus, getting long time veteran inside runner Frank Gore from the Colts, means they now have some players to help “scare the defense.”

Well, on Friday night, Miami just got one of the more gifted, in terms of hands and leaping, players in this 2018 NFL Draft with Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.

First, you should know in the 6’5 250lb. Gesicki’s background, he is a former three sport star at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, N.J. This includes not only the football team, obviously, where he left as school’s all time record holder in almost every receiving category, but he was also a four year volleyball player, too.

Yes, Volleyball. And Southern Regional was in the state playoffs in each of his last two years.

Now, let’s get to the really interesting stuff: Gesicki was also one of the top players in the state of New Jersey in hoops. As in, he was an 1,800 point scorer in his high school career, which is the still the school record. And he helped Southern Regional High win the 2014 NJSIAA State Basketball Championship in his final season.

Oh, and as you can imagine from his volleyball background, Gesicki can leap. Big time.

Here is video from the 2014 New Jersey East-West High School All Star Game, and take a look who won the “Slam Dunk Contest”

Uh, yeah. That is pretty impressive from four years ago.
Now, the Nittany Lions obviously put some weight on him to play Tight End in the Big Ten, but Gesicki still has what NFL scouts and coaches talk about all of the time, “catch radius.” What they mean is the ability to leap, reach up, reach around and over defenders on balls that might not be perfectly thrown to them.
Again, here’s a complete highlight video of Gesicki showing those skills:
Gesicki had 115 total catches his last two years and caught a total of 15 TDs in his Nittany Lions career. He’s definitely got great potential to be a down the field threat, but also especially in the red zone and goal to go situations. Quarterbacks will be able to just simply put the ball up, and let his athleticism go to work.
Will those highlights above translate to the NFL. They should.
Certainly, the Dolphins saw those videos and his workouts, and targeted Gesicki’s skill set on night two of the draft.
Fins fans should be exited.
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