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Drafted By: Cowboys
  • Round 2
  • Pick 15
  • Overall 47

Combine Results

Grade
79.0 ?
  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.86 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Maybe the best ball skills of any of them. This kid's got great ball skills. He's a gifted hands catcher. He will be a great short and intermediate catcher for the Dallas Cowboys." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 254LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

With the tight ends evolving into a more receiving focused position at the NFL level, Escobar is joining the league at just the right time. The former high school basketball player is a natural receiver and could project as a movable target to attack the defense from a variety of ways. Historically, few prospects leave San Diego State early to chase their NFL dreams, but Escobar saw former teammate Ronnie Hillman have some success when given touches.


After redshirting the 2009 season, Escobar played in 13 games as a freshman, starting the last 12. He registered 323 yards and four touchdowns on 29 receptions. 19 of those receptions went for a touchdown or first down. Escobar's role slightly decreased in 2010, starting six of 13 games. His production grew, however, as the then redshirt sophomore hauled in 51 grabs for 780 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, Escobar's numbers took a step back, catching 42 passes for 543 yards and six touchdowns. He never missed a game at San Diego State after the initial redshirt season, and opted to enter the 2013 NFL Draft as an underclassman following the 2012 season.

Analysis

Strengths

Excellent hands catcher, very natural. Locates ball over shoulder very easily, picks the target out of the air effortlessly. Runs the seam like a wideout, long strides and eats up ground. Frequently beat defensive backs vertically, especially when they anticipated the route to be broken off. Absorbs contact even when catching away from body. Can sustain a run block if he gets inside hand position and latch. Frequently used in motion before the snap. Occasionally slow plays first few steps to get defensive back flat footed.

Weaknesses

Does not absorb or run through contact as well during routes as he does at the catch point. A straight-line mover after the catch, very little wiggle or straight-up tackle breaking. Not a blocker, either plays too close to his body or lunges from a distance. Soft and tentative on first contact. Was held out of the full-time starting role in 2011 because of it. Leads with elbows or shoulders when blocking.

NFL Comparison

Jacob Tamme

Bottom Line

As a receiving target, Escobar is exactly what NFL teams are looking for. His fluidity and downfield comfort is effortless, as is Escobar's near refusal to body catch. However, the same issue that kept Escobar out of a full-time role in 2011 could limit his snaps in the NFL: inconsistent blocking. Still, Escobar is a talented receiving option that teams will use around the offensive formation.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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