2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 12, 2013 @ 12:57:33 PDT

 


San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar decided to leave the Mountain West school for the 2013 NFL Draft after his junior season.

Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
Natural pass catcher

Escobar redshirted in 2009 and played sparingly in 2010. His '11 production was strong (51-780-7) in limited action, but Escobar's stat line took a hit the following year. He finished his junior season with 42 grabs for 543 and six touchdowns, showing he missed current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley.

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-6, 254 pounds) and athleticism combination
  • Amazingly reliable hand catcher
  • Fits the mold of the increasingly popular hybrid tight end
  • Can play vertically down the seam
  • Eats up a lot of cushion as a long strider
  • Jump-ball threat
  • Effective, although not precise, route runner - sells his routes well by making subtle movements
  • Considerable upside
  • Excellent body control

Weaknesses

  • Willing but flimsy blocker
  • Limited to a hybrid role
  • Lacks elusiveness in the open field
  • Inconsistent production
  • Regularly faced a lower level of competition

Expected draft placement

Escobar is battling to be the likely third tight end off the board and has an early third-round grade. The Buffalo Bills could look to add someone like Escobar to fill in for or replace Scott Chandler (knee). Escobar could go to a number of teams, especially with free agency likely to dictate many draft needs.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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