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Road to the Draft: Gavin Escobar

By Jay Skurski

Gavin Escobar

Position: Tight end
School: San Diego State
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 254 pounds
40 time: 4.84 seconds. Vertical: 32 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds
2012 stats: 42 catches, 543 yards, 6 TDs
Draft projection: Second-third round

Lowdown: Made the 2012 All-Mountain West first team and was named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate tight end. … Led the Aztecs in catches, yards and touchdowns. … Former high school basketball player has excellent hand-eye coordination, body control and leaping ability, which makes him a great jump-ball candidate with his height. … Excellent hands, probably the best of any tight end in this draft class. … Fits the role of today’s tight end in that he’s a threat in the seam. … Leaving school a year early.

40 time at the combine will give teams pause, and a reason to go back and watch Escobar’s game tape again. … Didn’t line up much as a traditional tight end, so his blocking technique is poor, so much so that the Aztecs held him out of a full-time starting role in 2011. … Numbers were better in 2011 than in 2012, but part of that can be traced to the fact Escobar’s quarterback in ’11, Ryan Lindley, left for the NFL.

Considered only a two-star recruit coming out of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California – where he played receiver -- Escobar had only one scholarship offer, to San Diego State.  … Played in high school between 205 and 215 pounds, so he’s added 40 pounds of weight in college. … Working toward a degree in public administration. … CBS Sports’ scouting report compares him to current Bills tight end Scott Chandler.

They said it: “Watching him catch a football is like ballet.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to next month’s NFL Draft.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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