The 2013 NFL Draft Spotlight series continues, as we preview one pro prospect per day, right up until the start of the draft, April 25-27. However, none of the reports in this series are indicative of who the Kansas City Chiefs plan to draft, with any of their currently-owned eight picks.
Day 12 of 32
Gavin Escobar is projected by many to be among the top five tight ends selected in the upcoming draft. He fits the mold of today's prototypical tight end.
The former basketball player can use his size and footwork to his advantage, creating various types of targets for his QB to attack opposing defenses.
Escobar redshirted during the 2009 season, before playing 13 games as a freshman, including the last 12 as a starter. He totaled 29 catches, 323 yards and four TDs. 19 of his receptions resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.
His numbers dropped a bit in 2010 but he picked up the pace during the 2011 season, finishing with 51 grabs for 780 yards and seven TDs.
He also performed for scouts, general managers and coaches at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
Combine results: Best in his group*
40-yard dash (4.84)
Vertical Jump (32.0 in.)
Broad Jump (114.0 in.)
3-cone drill (7.07 sec) *
20-yard shuttle (4.31 sec) *
60-yard shuttle (11.86 sec) *
What else should you know about Gavin?
* Top Game in 2012 – 9/15 vs UND – 5 receptions, 117 yards and one TD (49-41 win)
* Escobar led the Aztecs in receptions (42), receiving yards (543) and TD catches (6) in 2012
* Had a career game against Boise State, setting highs of eight catches, 113 yards and two TDs (tied) (2011)
* He is a three-time all-Mountain West selection, including first-team honors each of the past two seasons.
* Over his career, Escobar has 122 receptions (17th in program history), 1,646 receiving yards and 17 TDs
* His total catches and receiving yards both are second in school season history among TEs
2012 Stat Line: 42 catches, 543 yards and six TDs
Durability - Escobar never missed a game at San Diego State, following his initial redshirt season
Big-Play Potential - His 60 receiving yards per game in 2011 were the third most in the nation for TEs
"Not a tough-guy by nature but don't have a problem with his effort," according to ESPN NFL Draft Tracker.
"Tall, long-levered and a bit wiry. Still growing into frame. Has improved his angles and initial positioning. Has frame to become an adequate in-line blocker but needs to improved core strength and do a better job getting his hands inside of defenders. Does not show much initial pop at the point of attack. Mostly a position-and-wall-off type blocker at this point. Frequently struggles to sustain and rarely drives defender backwards."
Name: Gavin Escobar
College: San Diego State
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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