The NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror. Six former Nittany Lions were drafted by NFL teams last weekend and are now set to embark on their professional careers.
Which of these six players was drafted into the best situation?
The easy and obvious choice would be Saquon Barkley. And make no mistakes about it, I firmly believe that Barkley will have a big rookie season for the New York Giants. Hell, he’s even the odds-on favorite in Vegas to win NFL Rookie of the Year.
This does not mean that Barkley was drafted into the best situation, though. While he will shoot to the top of the running back depth chart for the Giants, he will be saddled with an offense that has major question marks across the line and at quarterback.
Instead, the ex-Penn State Football player that was drafted into the best position was tight end Mike Gesicki.
During the final two seasons of his collegiate career Gesicki was one of the prolific pass-catching tight ends in the FBS. Now, Gesicki will go to a NFL team that made the postseason in 2016 and has a good quarterback in Ryan Tannehill.
Furthermore, both of Miami’s top tight ends from a year ago - Anthony Fasano and Julian Thomas - left the team in free agency. This will put Gesicki right at the top of the Dolphins’ tight end depth chart. He will also have one of the better offensive minds in the NFL in Adam Gase as his head coach.
The NFL continuing to become more and more of a pass-happy league that utilizes the tight end in the passing game will also benefit Gesicki. While Miami tight ends combined for just 68 receptions last season, while ranking outside the top-15 in the NFL in targets, a lot of this can be chalked up to the team featuring a pair of tight ends that are not nearly the same caliber a receiver as Gesicki is. As he was in college, Gesicki will be a great weapon in the red zone in the NFL.
Mike Gesicki was drafted into a great situation with the Miami Dolphins, and Penn State fans can expect the ex-Nittany Lion tight end to make an immediate impact as a rookie this fall.