2. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
At nearly 6-foot-6 with 10 1/4” hands and 34 1/8” arms, Gesicki not only looks the part, but has the kind of hops to leap over small buildings with one single bound. Yes, athletically he’s a stud and he is also impressive at changing directions with the ball in his hands.
But what the long-striding senior has in athletic ability, he lacks in overall strength both as a blocker and receiver. In addition, Gesicki surprisingly doesn’t generate as many yards after the catch.
Yes, he can be mismatch, but will he be a consistent threat? Some development is required here and though some analysts love his upside, he can easily end up being the next Coby Fleener or Jesse James.
1. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
This year’s edge rusher class is rather thin once you get passed the likes of Bradley Chubb and Harold Landry, but some analysts are unjustifiably intent on including Davenport in that rarified upper tier.
Maybe it’s because the 6-foot-6 small school phenom is built like a Greek god and moves like a stealth panther stalking its prey. However, history tells us that Vernon Gholston and Dion Jordan shared some of those same characteristics, but lacked the skill to prosper in the pros.
Although Jordan is finally starting to settle in as a Seahawk, he was far from worthy of being the third-overall pick five years ago.
Much like the one-time Oregon Duck, Davenport has struggled getting off blocks versus superior competition (see Baylor). And while he shows tremendous athletic ability in chasing down plays, he lacks the repertoire of moves required to penetrate NFL offensive lines.
His unrefined hand usage and deficient strength make him a Day 2 prospect that should be allowed to develop without the burden of unrealistic expectations that come with being a top-20 pick.