With the twenty-sixth overall pick in the 2018 Steven Ridley NFL Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints select:
Mike Gesicki; Tight End from Pennsylvania State University.
Given the fact that Drew Brees is not getting any younger and the window is going to close faster and faster, it is best to use the time that New Orleans has left with him and nab a red zone target who can also be a huge boost as the passing game as a receiving option. Given that Mike Gesicki’s athleticism is off the charts for a tight end, he would provide an immediate boost to the New Orleans passing game. However…, that is all Mike is likely to provide in year one considering that Benjamin Watson is on a one year rental deal and is a far superior blocking tight end. With Alvin Kamara being the current feature back for the future, blocking is going to be important going forward for Gesicki as I doubt that Sean Payton loves entertaining the idea of constantly using his swing tackle in Bryce Harris; essentially telegraphing the play pre-snap no less. Even so, with that level of receiving capabilities and being a red zone threat no less, Mike Gesicki’s rewards far outweigh his risks in an offense that historically is very kind towards receiving tight ends.