#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.
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.