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Mike Gesicki Penn State Nittany Lions Tight End 6-5, 242, 4.76, #88 Manahawkin, N.J. Southern Regional High School Born October 3, 1995
12/17/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State,...First-team all-conference selection by the media and second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches...Earns second All-Big Ten honor of his career after an appearance on the second team (coaches & media) last season...Is the first Nittany Lion tight end to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades since Kyle Carter in 2012...Selected as one of three finalists for the Mackey Award...Ranked third among FBS tight ends in touchdown receptions (9)... Had at least one reception in 26-straight games to cap his career…
Star running back Saquon Barkley might have earned most of the attention at Penn State but in terms of historical numbers and mismatch ability, Gesicki took a back seat to no one, leaving Happy Valley as simply the school's all-time leader in receptions (129), receiving yards (1,481) and receiving touchdowns (15), among tight ends.
A phenomenal prep athlete who earned 12 letters in three different sports, Gesicki isn't used to sharing the spotlight and it didn't take him long to steal it for the Nittany Lions. He emerged as a starter as a true freshman, splitting duty with Adam Brenneman (himself a 2018 NFL prospect who wound up transferring to Massachusetts), catching at least one pass in eight of 13 games in his first season on campus and building upon his production as a sophomore, despite inconsistent play from then-starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
While Gesicki had shown flashes his first two years on campus, he broke out in a big way as a junior, leading all Big Ten tight ends with 48 receptions for what wound up being a career-high 679 receiving yards, as well as five touchdowns. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for his success in part because of his gaudy 14.9 yard per catch average as well as developing a reputation for making acrobatic catches, including for touchdowns against Michigan State, Wisconsin and USC in the Rose Bowl to cap the season.
As it turns out, Gesicki's junior campaign was just preview of things to come. He shattered the school's single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end by hauling in nine among his career-high 57 passes for 563 yards. Gesiscki, who was named First Team All-Big Ten by the media (Second Team by the coaches) was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end and lived up to his billing with a splashy showing during the Senior Bowl, emerging as arguably the biggest mismatch in the passing game invited at the prestigious all-star game, regardless of position.
BACKGROUND Was one of the nation's most highly-touted tight end prospects after earning four varsity letters for coach Chuck Donahue at Southern Regional High School...Ended his superlative career as the Rams' all-time leading receiver with 1,817 yards on 103 receptions, with 16 touchdown catches...As a senior, made 33 catches for 530 yards and four scores to garner Under Armour All-America, all-state and first-team All-Shore honors...Played in the U.S. Army All-American Game following his senior season...His junior season featured a NJSIAA state runner-up finish and 50 catches for 954 yards and nine TDs...Named first-team All-Shore as a junior... Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports and a three-star prospect by ESPN...Rated as the top tight end recruit in the class of 2014 by 247Sports and was a Top 15 tight end prospect nationally according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Also was rated a Top 15 recruit in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports...A prep basketball and volleyball standout, earning a total of 12 letters in the three sports...Ended his career as the Rams' all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,867 points)...Named MVP of the East/West Basketball All-Star Game and was the champion of the 2014 state dunk contest...Helped Southern Regional to the NJSIAA State Championship...Was named the 2013 New Jersey Player of the Year.
STRENGTHS Gesicki offers rare coordination and acceleration for a man of with his dimensions, which includes a prototypical blend of height, long arms (34") and a tapered, athletic frame. He glides off the snap, smoothly accelerating into his route and showing excellent body control and savvy as a route-runner at the stem to shake safeties, consistently creating separation. Gesicki scoops the ball with natural hands, never allowing it inside to his pads or to where the defender might be able to reach around him to bat it away. He possesses impressive flexibility for a tight end, showing a huge catch radius with catches hauled thrown low, high and outside, including behind him. He can contort in the air to make the circus catch and shows very good agility, leaping ability and competitiveness to generate yards after the reception, lowering his shoulder and keeping his legs driving through contact. While lacking prototypical size for an in-line role, Gesicki's competitiveness also comes into play as a blocker. He is alert and physical at the point of attack, bending at the knees and looking to initiate contact and working to sustain. -- Rob Rang 2/2/2018
WEAKNESSES Gesicki could be seen as a bit of a 'tweener as he does not possess the strength to consistently create movement at the point of attack as an in-line blocker and, while a smooth accelerator, may not possess the straight-line speed preferred as a full-time receiver. He was rarely pressed at the college level and will need to work on gaining a clean release with many of his touches manufactured out of the wing... Though he has no known injury concerns, Gesicki possesses a relatively gangly frame and shows no fear in leaping and contorting in space, leaving his long limbs in danger of some ugly hits which could result in injury. - Rob Rang 2/2/2018
COMPARES TO Zach Ertz, Eagles - This isn't a perfect comparison because at 6-5, 250 pounds Ertz has a little bit more of a traditional compact tight end frame and Gesicki is both longer and more agile. What makes them similar is more important than what makes them different, however. Each possess the athleticism and route-running savvy to consistently create separation (whether split wide, in-line or on the wing), as well as soft hands and enough strength and competitiveness to help as blockers. Like Ertz, (picked 35th overall in 2013), Gesicki is a likely Day Two pick who may wind up playing like a first rounder.
IN OUR VIEW Gesicki did most of his work as a massive slot receiver or on the wing but also saw out of the traditional in-line position. Regardless of where he lined up, his ability to create separation and haul in passes made him a matchup nightmare for opponents. The savviest route-runner of this year's tight end class, don't be surprised when Gesicki hears his name called (and enjoys success in the NFL) earlier than most project.
Set the Penn State career receptions record for tight ends with his final catch vs. Pittsburgh, eclipsing Andrew Quarless' 87 grabs from 2006-09...Surpassed Ted Kwalick's 1,343 yards from 1966-68 for the most receiving yards by a tight end vs. Nebraska and has 1,384 yards in his career...Is No. 10 on the career receptions charts with 118 grabs, trailing O.J. McDuffie (125; 1988-92) for No. 9...Sits No. 18 on Penn State's career receiving yards chart with 1,384 yards...Became the 29th Penn State pass catcher to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards vs. Pittsburgh (9/9/17)...Owns 13 career touchdown receptions, moving past Jesse James (11; 2012-14) for the school record for a tight end...Joins teammates Saquon Barkley and DaeSean Hamilton as the second RB/WR/TE trio to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards in Big Ten history (Purdue, 1982-85: WR Steve Griffin, 2,234 yards; RB Rodney Carter, 1,814 yards; TE Marty Scott, 1,247 yards). Season: Owns the Penn State single season record for touchdown catches for a tight end with seven in 2017...Owns the single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 48 in 2016, passing Andrew Quarless (41; 2009), and yardage by a tight end at 679 in 2016, besting Mickey Shuler’s single-season record of 600 receiving yards (1977).
Selected as one of three finalists for the Mackey Award...Earned Midseason All-America honors from Sports Illustrated... Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honors on Sept. 12 after catching two touchdown passes vs. Pittsburgh...Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his two-touchdown effort vs. Nebraska...Named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list...Selected a preseason first-team All-America by the Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today and Street & Smith...Earned second-team All-America from Sports Illustrated, Athlon Sports and Lindy’s.
Made 11 starts...Caught a touchdown pass in five-straight games from Nov. 26, 2016-Sept. 9, 2017, including multiple touchdown grabs in the first two games of 2017...Has at least one reception in 25-straight games...Of his 46 catches this season, 26 of them have gone for a first down or a touchdown...Ranks tied No. 39 nationally and No. 6 in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (7)...Is tied for No 95 nationally and No. 7 in the Big Ten in receptions per game (4.2).
Akron (9/2): Had career highs with six catches and two touchdown grabs...Totaled 58 yards...Made scoring grabs of 13 and 35 yards. Pittsburgh (9/9): Had two touchdown grabs and tied for team high with four catches...Totaled 39 yards receiving...Made his first career tackle on an interception that ended the first half. Georgia State (9/16): Caught two passes for 26 yards, including a 20-yard catch-and-run to get Penn State out of the shadow of its own goal line after GSU downed a punt at the PSU 1-yard line. at Iowa (9/23): Had five receptions for 25 yards...Two of his receptions went for first downs and another came on Penn State's game-winning touchdown drive. Indiana (9/30): Made three catches for 19 yards. at Northwestern (10/7): Made two catches for 9 yards.
Michigan (10/21): Caught two passes for 53 yards...Both catches went for first downs...Had a 42-yard leaping grab at the Michigan 15-yard line to set up Saquon Barkley's 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter...Went up and caught a 17-yard pass to make it first-and-goal on the UM 3-yard line, which set up Trace McSorley's touchdown run on the next play just before halftime. at Ohio State: Caught six passes for 57 yards...Four of his six receptions went for first downs. at Michigan State (11/4): Led the team with a career-high eight catches, totaling a career-high 89 yards...Three of his eight catches went for first downs. Rutgers (11/11): Hauled in one touchdown grab...Made four catches for 45 yards in the game. Nebraska (11/18): Caught four passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns...All four passes went for either a first down or touchdown...Caught touchdown passes of 9 and 17 yards in the game.
Earned third-team All-American honors from College Sports Madness...Selected to the Athlon Sports All-Big Ten second team...Named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten third team...Named All-Big Ten second team by the media panel...Selected All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference coaches...First Penn State tight end to earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors since Kyle Carter (first team) in 2012...Earned All-ECAC honorable mention honors...Selected to the Mackey Award Preseason Watch List...Is on the Mackey Midseason Watch List...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career...Started all 14 games...Had four or more catches in seven of the last 12 games...Doubled his career receiving yardage total entering the season...Led the Big Ten and was tied for No. 7 nationally in receptions by a tight end (48)...Ranked No. 1 in the B1G and No. 7 in FBS in receiving yards by a tight end (679)...Led the Big Ten and was tied for No. 13 in FBS in touchdowns by a tight end (5). Kent State (9/3): Made three receptions and one touchdown grab...Totaled 49 yards receiving. at Pitt (9/10): Caught four passes for 47 yards. Temple (9/17): Logged 62 receiving yards on two catches...Hauled in a 52-yarder with a one-handed grab in the third quarter. at Michigan (9/24): Grabbed a career-high five passes for 23 yards. Minnesota (10/1): Tied a career high with five grabs for 70 yards.
Hauled in a career-long 53 reception to set up first-and-goal, eventually leading to a Trace McSorley touchdown run. Maryland (10/8): Pulled in four receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown...Capped Penn State opening drive with a 5-yard catch-and-run that ended in a dive into the end zone. Ohio State (10/22): Caught four passes for 46 yards...Had a 16-yard grab on Penn State fourth quarter touchdown drive...Pulled in a 26-yarder on his first catch of the game on Penn State’s opening drive. at Purdue (10/29): Made one catch, a 23-yard grab on third-and-10 on Penn State’s opening drive, which eventually ended in a Saquon Barkley touchdown run. Iowa (11/5): Pulled down four catches for 65 yards...Caught three passes on Penn State’s third scoring drive of the game, including a 43-yard catch-and-run that set up Trace McSorley’s 1-yard touchdown run. at Indiana (11/12): Tied a career high with five catches for a career-best 88 yards...Made a 45-yard reception in the first quarter. at Rutgers (11/19): Tied his career high for the second straight week with five grabs...Totaled a game-high 47 receiving yards. Michigan State (11/26): Pulled in two passes for 65 yards and one touchdown...Made a leaping 45-yard grab and fell backwards into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Caught three passes for 58 yards and one touchdown...Hauled in a 33-yard touchdown grab to open the scoring for Penn State in the first quarter, his first TD reception outside of Beaver Stadium. vs. USC (1/2): Made one catch for 11 yards..Lone reception was an 11-yard touchdown grab with 54 seconds remaining in the second quarter to pull Penn State within six points at the half.
Appeared in 12 games with eight starts...Named Academic All-Big Ten. Buffalo (9/12): Tied for second on the team with a career-best three catches...Gained 14 yards. Rutgers (9/19): Made one catch for six yards. San Diego State (9/26): Had two catches for 11 yards. Army (10/3): Made one catch, a career-long 33-yard reception for his first career touchdown in the third quarter...Reception capped a three-play touchdown drive to end the third quarter, all three plays were completions by Hackenberg. Indiana (10/10): Caught two passes for 21 yards...Notched a 16-yard grab during Penn State's third scoring drive of the game. Illinois (10/31): Caught two passes for 26 yards...Both catches came during Penn State scoring drives...Had a long catch of 17 yards. at Northwestern (11/7): Made one catch for five yards. Michigan (11/21): Made one catch for nine yards.
Named to the BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team...Appeared in all 13 games with one start at tight end during his true freshman campaign...made 11 catches for 114 yards...One of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014 and was among seven true freshmen to start a game...Began his career with one catch in each of his first three games and caught at least one pass in nine of Penn State's 13 games. UCF (8/30): In his first collegiate game, the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland, collected his first career catch, a 9-yard reception in the opening quarter. Akron (9/6): Made an 11-yard grab in the win. At Rutgers (9/13): Tallied a 7-yard catch on the second Penn State scoring drive in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): Made one catch for six yards. At Michigan (10/11): Pulled down a career-high two receptions (10 yards) in Michigan Stadium. Ohio State (10/25): Tallied one catch for three yards in the double-overtime contest. Maryland (11/1): Made his first career start. At Indiana (11/8): Rumbled into Indiana territory with a 28-yard reception for his only catch in the game. At Illinois (11/22): Caught one ball for seven yards. Michigan State (11/29): Tied his career-high with two snags for a career-high 33 yards, including a career-long 30-yard reception. Boston College (12/27): Appeared in the 31-30 overtime victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Was one of the nation's most highly-touted tight end prospects after earning four varsity letters for coach Chuck Donahue at Southern Regional High School...Ended his superlative career as the Rams' all-time leading receiver with 1,817 yards on 103 receptions, with 16 touchdown catches...As a senior, made 33 catches for 530 yards and four scores to garner Under Armour All-America, all-state and first-team All-Shore honors...His junior season featured a NJSIAA state runner-up finish and 50 catches for 954 yards and nine TDs...Named first-team All-Shore as a junior...As a sophomore, made 16 grabs for 276 yards and three scores to help the Rams to an 8-2 record and the school's first Shore Conference title since 1972...Played on the defensive side of the ball and corralled six interceptions and 23 tackles...Played in the U.S. Army All-American Game following his senior season...Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com and a three-star prospect by ESPN...Rated as the top tight end recruit in the class of 2014 by 247Sports.com and was a Top 15 tight end prospect nationally according to ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Also was rated a Top 15 recruit in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...A prep basketball and volleyball standout, earning a total of 12 letters in the three sports...Ended his career as the Rams' all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,867 points)...Named MVP of the East/West Basketball All-Star Game and was the champion of the 2014 state dunk contest...Helped Southern Regional to the NJSIAA State Championship and was named the 2013 New Jersey Player-of-the-Year.
Full name is Michael William Gesicki...Son of Michael and Donna Gesicki...Has two older sisters, Ashley and Kelsey...Enjoys playing sports, strength conditioning, spending time with family and friends and going to the beach...Intends to enroll in Penn State's Smeal College of Business...Born October 3, 1995 in Lakewood, N.J.
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03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Winners: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State...Barkley wasn't the only ex-Nittany Lion to turn heads at Lucas Oil Stadium as Gesicki tested off the charts. Gesicki is more of an overgrown wide receiver than traditional tight end, so it is tough to find a comparable data point among past tight end prospects. At 6-5 and 247 pounds, Gesicki clocked a 4.54 40-yard, 41.5-inch vertical, 10-feet-9 broad jump, 6.76 three-cone drill and 4.10 short shuttle. He can be a dangerous NFL mismatch weapon if used correctly. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki had a remarkable workout during the athletic drills. At 6-5 and 247 pounds, he posted a 4.54 40-yard dash, 41.5-inch vertical, 10-foot 9-inch broad jump, 6.76 three-cone and 4.10 short-shuttle. Gesicki is basically an overgrown wide receiver more than a traditional in-line tight end, but with his size and athleticism, he can be a mismatch weapon if used correctly. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/18 - Senior Bowl Thursday: Which position unit has performed the best during practices this week? Tight end. And that is somewhat surprising considering the top tight end at the Senior Bowl, South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert, exited early on Tuesday with a minor hamstring injury. But the rest of the tight end group has had plenty of impressive reps. At North practice, Penn State's Mike Gesicki looked like a mismatch weapon with his clean routes and angular frame to attack the football. Central Michigan's Tyler Conklin is a very smooth athlete and didn't labor getting open. Notre Dame's Durham Smythe might not have a specific strength, but he is a well-rounded player who finishes in a crowd. And Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli doesn't impress with his size or burst, but his route-running and ball skills are why he will play in the NFL for a long time. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/17/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State,...First-team all-conference selection by the media and second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches...Earns second All-Big Ten honor of his career after an appearance on the second team (coaches & media) last season...Is the first Nittany Lion tight end to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades since Kyle Carter in 2012...Selected as one of three finalists for the Mackey Award...Ranks third among FBS tight ends in touchdown receptions (9)...Ranks sixth among FBS tight ends in yards (501)...Ranks second among FBS tight ends in receptions (51)...Has at least one reception in 25-straight games. - Penn State Football
07/12/17 - 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watchlist: Mike Gesicki, Penn State,...Gesicki, who is a preseason All-American according to Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's and Sporting News, had a breakout campaign in 2016, breaking the Penn State single-season record for receptions and yardage by a tight end. His 48 catches broke the record held by Andrew Quarless (41; 2009) and his 679 receiving yards best Mickey Shuler's previous mark of 600 receiving yards (1977). Gesicki also tied the Penn State season record for touchdown catches for a tight end (5) in 2016. He led the Big Ten and was tied for seventh nationally in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. For his efforts, Gesicki was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media and All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches. Gesicki has four or more catches in seven of his last 12 games. - Penn State Football