Miami Dolphins draft history of 2nd round tight-ends

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Tight end Mike Gesicki
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Tight end Mike Gesicki /

When the Miami Dolphins drafted Penn State’s Mike Gesicki he became the highest drafted tight-end by the Dolphins since 1975.

Gesicki became only the sixth tight-end drafted by the Dolphins in the 2nd round of any draft in team history. Miami has never drafted a tight-end in round one.

In 1968 the Dolphins drafted Jim Cox in round two. He spent one year in the NFL. In 1970 the Dolphins drafted one of their best tight-ends in team history, Jim Mandich. Mandich’s career with the Dolphins remained long after he left the league in 1978 and to this day even in death, Mandich still holds a place with the Dolphins.

Mandich is the longest tenured TE from the 2nd round for Miami. The remaining three players, Chuck Bradley, Andre Tillman, and Loaird McCreary lasted only two or three seasons in the league.

Gesicki is going to have to impress a lot of doubters that are concerned over his blocking abilities, because frankly he doesn’t have any. Miami views him as a seam threat pass catching linebacker that can slide outside into the slot and create trouble for safeties and linebackers in coverage.

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Gesicki has great ball skills and his history of basketball and volleyball play allow him to go high for balls at their point. He uses his big 6’6″ inch frame to shield defenders. He should develop into a top target for Ryan Tannehill

The Dolphins tight-ends needed a boost with the team having only A.J. Derby, MarQueis Gray, and Gavin Escobar on the roster. The Dolphins believe that Derby can become an all around type tight-end. If he can, then the drafting of Gesicki who is more one note will be a good decision.