Friday, April 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: TE Gavin Escobar
By Tim MacMahon
Pick: San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar, No. 47 overall
Pros: Big frame (6-foot-5 7/8, 254 pounds) and fluid athlete. Has outstanding hands, excellent ball skills, fights for the ball in traffic and can adjust to the ball in the air. Good route runner and a big-play threat despite not having great speed.
Cons: He struggles as a blocker, especially when lined up at the traditional tight end position. He tends to get overpowered and doesn’t show much pop at the point of attack. Does not have good speed (4.84 40-yard dash).
Cowboys fit: The Cowboys needed a second tight end who could be a physical, point-of-attack blocker. Escobar does not address that need. Like James Hanna, a 2012 sixth-round pick who showed promise as a rookie last season, he is primarily a receiver. Can Jason Garrett get him involved in the passing game after failing to do so with former second-round picks Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett?
Could have had: Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, California WR Keenan Allen, SMU DE Margus Hunt, South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger, Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead, Kentucky OG Larry Warford, Baylor WR Terrance Williams