Will this second-round TE do what others couldn't?

April, 26, 2013
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Gavin EscobarAP Photo/Gregory BullAnthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett were the previous tight ends picked in the second round by the Cowboys since 2006. Will the third, San Diego State's Gavin Escobar, meet expectations?
IRVING, Texas -- Can Gavin Escobar do what Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett couldn’t?

For the third time since 2006, the Cowboys have selected a tight end in the second round.

Fasano was the 53rd overall pick in 2006 but lasted only two seasons before he was traded to Miami. He caught 28 passes in two seasons.

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The Cowboys took Bennett in 2008 with the 61st pick, and he never lived up to the expectations.

Now, they are going with Escobar, considered a pass-catching tight end, to play behind Jason Witten.

Fasano and Bennett were able to find more success elsewhere in part because Witten never came off the field to allow them playing time while with the Cowboys.

Can the Cowboys design their offense in a similar way to how New England uses Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez?

If they don’t, then this pick comes with a lot of questions. If they do, then it makes some sense.

Witten, who is entering his 11th season, is coming off an NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end (110) and was named to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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