Gavin Escobar San Diego State #88 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State University (Junior)

#88 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State University (Junior)

HGT: 6-5 WGT: 255

 Gavin Escobar not only established himself as the best Tight End in the Mountain West this year, but as one of the best in the nation. The Junior Tight End has started in 30 games dating back to the 2010 season. This season Escobar hauled in 42 passes for 543 yards and 6 touchdowns. Over his 3 year career as an Aztec, Escobar has recorded 122 catches for 1,646 yards, reaching the end zone 17 times.

 

PROS:

Escobar possesses prototypical length and has good muscle tone. Has large hands. Escobar is a good athlete, showing good agility and leaping ability. Runs good, not great. Breaks arm tackles and shows he can run through defenders who are not in proper position. Displays good body control and balance, makes a lot of tough catches. Uses his body well to screen defenders and make plays on the ball. Creates mis-match problems with his length when isolated on a corner and with his athleticism when matched with a linebacker. Understands how to settle and find the open spot in zone coverage. Not afraid to catch the ball in traffic. Shows good escape moves and head fakes when getting off of linebackers. In the run game, plays with a good base, good pad level and consistently has good footwork when blocking. Does a good job shooting his hands and attaching to defenders.

CONS:

Needs to add bulk to his frame. Does not have great speed. Does not show the explosiveness you like to see off the line. Needs to develop total body strength. Must sharpen route running, routes are often loose and unsettle. Not very physical at the point of attack, often tries to position block or settle for a stale-mate. When on the backside of run needs to work on hand and head placement to cut off defenders.

 

NOTES:

Gavin Escobar possesses enough intangibles, measurables and skill to be a very good Tight End in the NFL. Escobar’s ability to create mis-matches and be an effective blocker will help his draft stock. Since Escobar is a Junior, he will not be allowed to take place in the Senior Bowl or Shrine Game, so the Combine and his pro day will be very important. The upside I see from Escobar is though the roof and I think there will be NFL teams that love the potential the he holds.

 #88 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State University (Junior)