Draft Risers- Tight End
Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
(6-foot-5, 256 pounds) 40-Yard Dash- 4.67 (3rd)
Due to his diagnosed diabetes and inability to block, Andrews has been slipping down teams’ draft boards. The combine was a big stage for him and he had to show he can compete at high level.
My top tight end showed why he was featured in the Sooner offense. His 4.67 40-time at 256 pounds is very impressive. I believe his hands and route routing ability were the best of the competing tight ends during Saturday’s session.
Andrews will move into second-round consideration and could be the top tight end selected. Maybe a team that selects Baker could also go for his big security blanket.
Mike Gesicki, Penn State
(6-foot-5, 247 pounds) 40-Yard Dash-4.54 (1st) Broad Jump- 10’9” (1st) Bench Press- 22 Reps (2nd)
This kid had himself a day. Without a clear-cut number one tight end in the class, he did his best to show that his athleticism should put him there.
At Penn State, he was rarely asked to block but I don’t believe he should change his role in the NFL. The numbers show he is athletic enough to catch passes as the matchup nightmare tight end. Teams should look to use his big frame and top end speed to move the ball down the field.
I believe this tight end class is sneaky good. Gesicki did a great job during testing and will hear his name called early on Day 2.