Round 2: Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Penn State
There isn’t an offensive player that has risen up the ranks faster than Mike Gesicki since the NFL Combine. Gesicki posses some of the nastiest offensive tools for a tight end than what we’ve seen in some time. Gesicki ran a 4.5 forty yard dash, had a 10’9 broad jump, and a 41.5 inch vertical jump at the combine. These are unreal numbers for a tight end that would be better than a lot of the players in the receiver group. For example, Gesicki’s forty yard dash was on par with fan favorite Courtland Sutton.
The Ravens tight end group is less than inspiring. Maxx Williams never lived up to the potential most thought he possessed. Nick Boyle has been mainly a blocker, and Ben Watson signed with the Saints. This would be a chance for the Ravens to go out and immediately get a real weapon for Joe Flacco.
Looking at Marty Morhinweg’s system, Gesicki fits the mold of what the offense looks for in a tight end. He is able to get huge chunks off RPO’s and is able to take the top off the defense with vertical routes. There are maybe 2-3 linebackers that can keep up with Gesicki one on one. His blocking is a liability but the amount of versatility he brings on offense makes up for that.