Gesicki selected by Miami Dolphins in NFL Draft

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"We couldn't be more excited for Mike to be drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Dolphins", Penn State Head Coach James Franklin said. The rookie was reunited with former Florida teammate Jarvis Williams, who joined Oliver as Miami's starting safeties for the next five seasons.

Gesicki became the second tight end selected in the draft when the Dolphins took him Friday with the 10th pick in the second round, the 42nd overall selection.

Fitzpatrick was the victor of the Bednarik and Thorpe awards which are given to the nation's top defensive player and defensive back, respectively. The versatile defensive back started out at Star in Alabama's nickel defense, which is its most-used formation, but also filled in at cornerback and safety, especially when Eddie Jackson's college career ended with a broken leg. He caught just 15 passes for 244 yards, but Smythe made clutch grabs and proved himself to be a quality route runner and a productive blocker in the run game.

Evans, who was in Arlington with Fitzpatrick, became the fifth Tide linebacker to be taken in the first round since 2010.

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Opposing tight ends caught 94 passes for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns against Miami as the Dolphins gave up the most receptions, second-most yards and second-most touchdowns to tight ends in the National Football League in 2017. His big year came in 2016, when he totaled 66 tackles, six interceptions (two for scores) and 1.5 sacks while totaling seven passes defensed.

The do-it-all defensive back played at multiple spots in Alabama's secondary a year ago, finishing with 60 tackles, eight for a loss, with 1.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, eight pass breakups and an interception.

Gesicki had 48 receptions, 679 yards and 5 TD's for Penn State a year ago.

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