The Dolphins selected Penn State TE Mike Gesicki with the 42nd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old served as 1 of the Nittany Lions’ top pass-catchers the past 2 years, totaling 105 receptions, 1,242 yards and 14 TDs. Gesicki is a freak athlete, testing in the 92nd percentile or better in 40-yard dash, vertical, broad, 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. The 6’6, 247-pounder registered a SPARQ score in the 99th percentile of all TEs. Unfortunately, we don’t think Gesicki plays as athletically as he tested. And he’s a pathetic blocker. On the plus side, he lands in an excellent spot. Miami’s TE room consists of A.J. Derby, MarQueis Gray, Thomas Duarte and Gavin Escobar. Gesicki should lead the group in targets this season -- although he still shouldn't be drafted as more than a TE2.
The Broncos are "very high" on TE A.J. Derby, according to Andrew Mason of the team's official website. Denver acquired Derby from the Patriots in exchange for a 5th-round pick last October. He totaled 16 catches on 20 targets for 160 yards in 6 appearances for the Broncos. Nine of those grabs came in the final 2 games. Mason suggests that Denver plans on using Derby in the passing game out of the slot. He's a name to watch this summer and could turn into a late-round sleeper.
Broncos TEs A.J. Derby and Virgil Green both sustained concussions in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Jeff Heuerman will operate as Denver's lead TE this coming weekend if neither guy is cleared. But none of these guys will be a Week 16 fantasy option vs. Kansas City's tough TE defense.