Penn State fans know Mike Gesicki is a physical marvel after four years of watching the 6'6, 255-lb. tight end blow by defenders and snag leaping catches with his massive hands.
A national audience of scouts, NFL executives and football fans in general got a deeper look at the New Jersey native's athletic prowess, as he put on a show Saturday at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.
Gesicki completely blew people away with his 40-yard dash, registering an unofficial 4.55 and looking so graceful in the process:
On his second run, the tight end once again hit 4.55 seconds (unofficial). Gesicki completed 22 reps on his bench press (225 lbs.) on Friday and then registered an impressive 41.5-inch vertical leap and the best standing broad jump on Saturday.
Gesicki's performance comes one day after junior PSU running back Saquon Barkley nearly set the combine on fire, running, lifting and jumping his way to a very, very high draft position.
Analyst and former All-Pro wide receiver Steve Smith, in remarks made on the NFL Network, called Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton the best route runner of any of the wide receivers at the Combine. Hamilton is not running the 40 or participating in the bench press this weekend. But he's still catching bombs:
The athletic firepower on display is a fine reminder of how far Penn State's offense - and overall program - has come since James Franklin's arrival. The Nittany Lions haven't created this much buzz in Indianapolis since the days of LaVar Arrington and Courtney Brown.