The 3 most overrated players on the 2022 Miami Dolphins roster

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#3: Mike Gesicki

The Miami Dolphins drafted Mike Gesicki back in 2018, with the 42nd pick in the draft. He was the second tight end picked, only behind 1st rounder Hayden Hurst, who hasn’t quite lived up to his draft-day hype.

Where things get interesting is seven slots down from the Dolphins’ pick, where the Eagles snagged Dallas Goedert out of South Dakota St. with the 49th pick.

Former Dolphins HC Adam Gase was obsessed with the unique physical traits Gesicki showcased in college. With a ridiculous 6’6 250-pound frame and an 82-inch wingspan combined with a 42-inch vertical, Gesicki was a freak coming out of Penn State, and the reason why the Dolphins decided to select Gesicki over Goedert.

His special gifts were not the questions scouts and GMs had as he entered the draft, his physicality and willingness to block were the question marks, and they have been supremely valid 4 seasons into Mike Gesicki’s career.

Gesicki has drastically improved as a pass-catcher every year he’s been in the league, and there’s no doubt that he’s emerged as a top 10 pure receiving tight end in the NFL.

But catching passes is only part of a tight ends job, and his woeful blocking handicaps the ceiling of Gesicki’s game.

With Mike McDaniel bringing his West Coast System with him from San Francisco, I just don’t know how Gesicki can remain in the Dolphins’ plans long-term. Tight ends are an essential part of the run-blocking scheme in this offense, and if Gesicki can’t figure it out this year on the franchise tag, I find it very unlikely that he returns to the team.

Comparing Gesicki’s receiving numbers with Goedert, Gesicki has 2255 yards with 13 TDs in 64 games, while Goedert has 2295 yards and 16 TDs in only 57 games.

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Goedert is also a way better blocker than Gesicki, and just signed a 4-year, 57 million dollar deal with the Eagles this past off-season.

Gesicki will be asking for a very similar contract come March of 2023, and I would be reluctant to pay that if I was Chris Grier.