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Gavin Escobar | Tight End

Team: San Diego State Aztecs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 245

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Cowboys selected San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar with the No. 47 overall pick.
Escobar (6-6, 254) was a highly productive receiver in SDSU's pro-style attack, catching 93 balls for 1,323 yards (14.2 YPR) and 13 TDs over his final two seasons. He checked in with 33 5/8-inch arms at the Combine and ran 4.84 with a 32-inch vertical. Escobar can't block a lick and is strength-deficient (12 reps of 225), but consistently secures passes with soft hands away from his body and projects a catch-first NFL tight end with fluid movement skills. He's going to create mismatches. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:39:00 PM

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San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar visited the Cleveland Browns, per the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich.

The Browns will be looking to add tight ends to go in their new offense and Escobar could be an option on day two of the draft. He is a move tight end that catches the ball well and brings size to offenses. However, he needs to improve his route running and get open more frequently. He has visited the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in addition.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 05:50:00 PM

The Falcons worked out TE Gavin Escobar on Saturday.

Escobar is a move tight end with a big body who catches everything away from his body. Those are great qualities, but beyond that we struggle to see the upside with the San Diego State product. He was taken out of a lot of blocking packages in college and might not have the quick twitch gear to consistently separate in the NFL. Therefore, Escobar will need to dominate on contested catches.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar will visit with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers.

Escobar was once called an "F-type" tight end by former Kansas City Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli, which implies that Escobar is a "move" tight end. Escobar does a good job of catching the football but there are concerns over his ability to consistently separate from defensive backs and linebackers at the next level.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 06:49:00 PM

San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar has met with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Both teams will likely look to add to the tight end position because it's featured so heavily in their offenses. Each team makes a point to run the ball but where Escobar is likely to do the most damage is in the passing game. Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli once called Escobar an "F-type" (move) tight end.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 03:45:00 PM

San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar ran forty times of 4.72 and 4.78 seconds at the school's pro day.

The times are an improvement on his 4.84 forty at the NFL Combine, but that is almost expected form pro day workouts. We love how Escobar catches everything away from his body, but wonder if he can consistently get open against corners and safeties if they exhibit some physical abilities.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Russ Lande of the National Football Post now ranks San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar as the 16th best player in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Escobar is not the top tight end, however, with Tyler Eifert checking in at No. 11. Stanford's Zach Ertz is close behind at No. 21. We like Escobar, specifically his ability to catch everything away from his body, but wonder if he will handle physical defenders during his routes.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 03:30:00 PM

San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar ran an official 4.84 forty along with a 1.66 10 yard split.

The time matches up with Escobar's playing style, since he doesn't win with outstanding athleticism but can beat defensive backs vertically if they expect an underneath pattern. Escobar's best attribute is consistency, specifically in terms of hands catching everything in his vicinity.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 03:17:00 PM

At the Combine, San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar measured in at 6'5 7/8 inches and 254 pounds.

Escobar also checked in with 33 5/8 inch arms. We don't expect the junior tight end to clock in with great speed, but he separated quite well on tape and always catches the football with his hands. A second- or third-round pick is certainly a possibility.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 04:02:00 PM

The NFL Network's Bucky Brooks expects San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar to "rise up the charts" following the Combine.

"Escobar is underrated at this point, but scouts have been buzzing about his immense talent and potential," Brooks writes. This will be many people's first exposure to Escobar, and although he is not a consistent blocker, the Aztec is a very dynamic receiver with strong hands and fluid routes. Brooks lists Escobar as his third overall tight end.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 10:47:00 AM

San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar was listed as a top-10 underclassman by ex-Chiefs GM Scott Pioli.

Escobar was apparently "hampered this season by a knee injury that he played through" this season, and Pioli considers him more of a receiver than a blocker at this time. I'm high on his ability to produce as an offensive tight end right now in the more wide-open NFL offenses," Pioli wrote. "He's what we call an "F-type" tight end, a receiver who can play off the line probably more productively than as a blocker right now."
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 10:33:00 AM

San Diego State junior TE Gavin Escobar has declared for April's NFL Draft.

A favorite of SI's Tony Pauline, Escobar is just another solid tight end prospect from along the west coast, which has proven to be a hotbed this season. He offers good size and solid athleticism for a prospect that can line up inline or detached from the line of scrimmage. Escobar will likely be selected on the Draft's second day.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 01:31:00 PM

Scouts Inc. lists San Diego State junior TE Gavin Escobar as the third best draft-eligible tight end.

Escobar is only behind Stanford's Zach Ertz and Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert while being ahead of Michigan State's Dion Sims and Stanford's Levine Toilolo. Apparently "West Coast NFL scouts have been whispering about the athletic pass-catching tight end." SI's Tony Pauline is another analyst who has been touting Escobar since the summer.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 05:47:00 PM

San Diego State junior TE Gavin Escobar recorded four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown Saturday against UNLV.

This was Escobar's best outing since week three of the season against North Dakota State. Although just a junior, Escobar is believed to be heavily considering the NFL, a point SI's Tony Pauline has made multiple times. Escobar offers nice size at 6'5/255 pounds and around 4.7 speed, so he's a name to keep in mind throughout the process.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 11:37:00 AM

SI's Tony Pauline is hearing "rumblings" that suggest San Diego State junior TE Gavin Escobar will leave early and declare for the 2013 Draft.

Pauline listed Escobar as his sleeper tight end prospect prior to the start of the season along with giving him a fourth-round tag. There may be some inside information going on here since Escobar is not really on the national radar, but the junior offers solid upside while remaining rough around the edges. Thus far, the Aztec has registered 15 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 10:27:00 AM