After an off-the-charts NFL Combine, tight end Mike Gesicki made Penn State history again Friday night. Last season, despite some offensive inefficiencies out of his control, Ridley still led the team with 63 receptions for 967 yards. Gesicki crushed the National Football League combine and he adds a long, athletic option at tight end.
"He's like a Swiss Army knife", Grier said. "These tall guys - name a good tight end with those types of build that are good blockers at the line of scrimmage?"
Miami released Julius Thomas in March, so Gesicki should have a very solid chance of starting in Week 1. And the Dolphins are hoping for more of the same in the NFL.More news: Boeing (BA) Position Cut by Bridgecreek Investment Management LLC
Opposing tight ends caught 94 passes for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns against Miami as the Dolphins gave up the most receptions, second-most yards and second-most touchdowns to tight ends in the National Football League in 2017. Between 2015 and 2017, the versatile defensive back nabbed nine interceptions-four of which were returned four touchdowns-totaled 16.5 tackles for loss and registered five sacks. Week to week, I was playing a different position based off what the offense did and where I was needed at week to week.
"For us, he was a player that was a targeted player", Grier said.
The 6-foot, 204-pound Fitzpatrick is the highest Crimson Tide player taken since receiver Amari Cooper went No. 4 overall in 2015, and is the seventh Alabama defensive back taken in the draft's opening round under Saban. Former Valor Christian star Christian McCaffrey was picked in the first round a year ago by the Carolina Panthers.