For the second straight day at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, the big story from workouts revolved around a Penn State Nittany Lion.
One day after running back Saquon Barkley set the world on fire with his massively impressive workout, tight end Mike Gesicki did the same on Saturday, posting position-bests in literally every drill. Gesicki’s workout is in fact an all-time great workout at the position overall; Kent Lee Platte who maintains the RAS database put it as the third-best tight end workout of all time.
Adding to the fun is that Gesicki knew how good he was going to test, and deliberately kept it to himself. “Everybody’s ‘what are you gonna run, what are you gonna jump, what are you gonna bench,’” he said on Friday. “I feel like if I tell everybody, then it’s not going to be as cool when I do it.”
It was cool.
At 6 feet 5-1/2 inches and 247 pounds, Gesicki ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, posted a 41-inch vertical and a 10’9” broad jump, and ran blistering times in the agility drills with a 6.76-second 3-cone drill and a 4.10 time in the short shuttle. Those are times usually reserved for wide receivers or defensive backs, not players who measure in closer to 250 pounds.
However, it’s perhaps more impressive to look at the workout in historical context by comparing the results to tight ends over the decades since the Combine began to be tracked closely. According to Mockdraftable.com, here are Gesicki’s all-time ranks among tight ends at the Combine:
- 40-yard dash: T-19th
- Vertical: T-4th
- Broad: T-7th
- 3-cone: T-2nd
- Short shuttle: T-8th
Putting all of those results together, it’s easy to see that this was an all-time great workout. “Everybody thinks I’m slow. I don’t want to tell them what I’m actually gonna run,” Gesicki said.
Nobody thinks he’s slow any more.