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Friday, April 26, 2013
Cowboys select tight end Gavin Escobar in second round

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys opened the second round by selecting San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar.

The Cowboys have three picks on Friday, and they used the first one to add depth to the tight end position.

According to the scouts, Escobar was projected as a third- or fourth-round pick.

Escobar is more of a pass-catching tight end, which makes it an interesting move by the Cowboys, who were seeking someone who was more of a blocker. Escobar, 6-foot-7, 254 pounds, is a fluid athlete who does a nice job of running routes and creating separation from defenders.

However, he doesn't have explosive ability as a run-blocker and needs to work on his hand placement.

He started 23 games during a 39-game career with San Diego State, during which he caught 122 passes for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns. Escobar's inconsistency forced the coaches to start him in just 11 games the last two seasons.

He did catch 13 touchdowns those two seasons and finished his career averaging 13.4 yards per catch.