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Fantasy Rookie Review: Gavin Escobar, TE, Cowboys
John Tuvey
May 24, 2013
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Year College Gms/Sts Rcv
Yds
Rcv
TDs
Total
Yds
Total
TDs
2012 San Diego State 13/6 543 6 543 6
2011 San Diego State 13/6 780 7 780 7
2010 San Diego State 13/12 323 4 323 4

  OTHER ROOKIES
  WR Tavon Austin
  QB EJ Manuel
  TE Tyler Eifert
  WR DeAndre Hopkins
  WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  WR Justin Hunter
  TE Zach Ertz
  RB Giovani Bernard
  QB Geno Smith
  WR Robert Woods
  TE Gavin Escobar
  RB Le'Veon Bell
  TE Vance McDonald
  RB Montee Ball
  WR Aaron Dobson
  RB Eddie Lacy
  RB Christine Michael
If you were to create a prototype of today’s NFL tight end, it would look a whole lot like Gavin Escobar. A natural pass-catcher, Escobar has a tall frame and long arms to make him a favored target across the middle and in the red zone. He’s athletic and adjusts well to the ball, with outstanding body control and the ability to make the difficult catch. Escobar has good burst and is most effective on the shorter routes that make up the bulk of the tight end playbook; while he is capable of getting down the field, he takes a while to build up to full speed and isn’t a pure deep threat.

Escobar was moved around in the San Diego State offense and did far more pass-catching than blocking, but his frame suggests that with time, training, and plenty of reps in an NFL weight room he could develop into a solid blocker as well. His game has drawn comparisons to a pair of Chiefs, former KC great Tony Gonzalez and current Chief Tony Moeaki—though scouting reports are quick to point out in both cases that he pales in comparison to each as a blocker.

Escobar is no immediate threat to Jason Witten, but he could see the field in two-TE situations as a move or slot tight end. Witten is entering his 11th NFL season, so if Escobar uses the next couple of seasons to fill out the weaker aspects of his game it won’t be long before he is able to step seamlessly into that role.


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