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Gesicki had considered testing the National Football League draft waters after a junior season that saw him catch 48 balls for 679 yards for the 2016 Big Ten champions, but a conversation with Penn State coach James Franklin persuaded him to stay the course.

Gesicki joins a Dolphins roster that is relatively low on weapons for Ryan Tannehill.

A total of 346 Nittany Lions have been selected all-time in the NFL Draft, which ranks seventh among Division I institutions, including 37 in the first round.

"The 6'6" Gesicki caught 57 passes for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns in his senior season.

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.

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Just one other tight end, South Carolina's Hayden Hurst (a first-round pick), went went off the board before Gesicki, who is the second Lion picked so far. But that didn't stop him from becoming the most productive tight end in Penn State history. He is an athletic freak and showed that with his performance at the NFL Combine. "I know I'm exactly where I belong". Last season he won the Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive player and defensive back. The final two seasons of his collegiate career a stark contrast to his freshman and sophomore years when Gesicki registered 24 total receptions and faced more criticism than praise.

Smythe ended a four-year career at Notre Dame in 2017, where he made a career-high 15 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown.

Became the 29th Penn State pass catcher to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards vs. Pittsburgh.

If you like athleticism at the tight end position, Gesicki is your guy.

Earned third-team All-American honors from College Sports Madness in 2016.

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