The New Orleans Saints were one play away from the NFC Championship Game a few months ago, only to have it ripped away on a miracle catch-and-carry by Stefon Diggs. This season, Drew Brees and Co. are coming charging back with another strong outfit, led by an offensive attack that is rivaled by only a few.
While it might be the first inclination to give defensive help here, the right pick is to fortify the tight end spot. In that regard, general manager Mickey Loomis has ample options with Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goebert and Hayden Hurst all sitting on the board. While Hurst has risen through the process and Goebert has incredible hands, it’s the Penn State product who has the best upside of the bunch.
Gesicki can’t break a pane of glass with his blocking skills, but he has the ability of a Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce in terms of route-running and making a play on the ball. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound New Jersey native caught 105 passes between the last two seasons, rolling up 1,242 yards and 14 touchdowns in that span.
If the Saints were able to add a talent like Gesicki to an already explosive offense, teams might have to choose whether they are beaten by the run or pass considering the wide array of weapons.