Draft Capsule: TE Gavin Escobar

Draft Capsule: TE Gavin Escobar

March 16, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

Gavin Escobar (TE), SDSU

6-6 | 254 lbs.

2012 Stats:

42 catches, 543 yards, 12.9 ypc, 6 TD

Projection:

2nd-3rd Round

Strengths:

Very good hands and good route runner. Leaping ability is a plus and plays like a wide receiver in a tight end's body at times. Is almost the exact size of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, though likely not as physically gifted. Overcomes speed issues with deception, including slow-playing off the snap to throw defenders off. Has shown an ability to catch in traffic and can take a hit.

Weaknesses:

He has the height, but Escobar is a little slim compared to NFL-grade tight ends. Struggles off the line of scrimmage when lined up offtackle, as most of his time in college was spent in the slot. Not extremely fast. More of a receiving tight end; blocking is not his strong suit.

Fit for the Bears:

With Martellus Bennett inking a four-year deal last week, the Bears don't have a major need at tight end. Without a third-round pick, Escobar probably won't be around by the time they pick late in the fourth and they have other priorities in the first two rounds. With Matt Spaeth and Kellen Davis now off the roster, the Bears do need at least one backup tight end, but likely one that has a better blocking pedigree than Escobar.