2013 NFL Draft: Grading the Dallas Cowboys' Selection of Gavin Escobar

By Jesus Flores
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the No.47 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected San Diego State University tight end Gavin Escobar.

Escobar is a big, athletic tight end that is able to track down the ball very well while running vertically down the field. Considered more of a receiving threat than a blocking tight end, he possesses the skill-set to become a legitimate star in the NFL.

May not be the popular pick here, but the Cowboys drafted a solid tight end that could ultimately be developed into Jason Witten’s successor. I imagine that the Cowboys are going to give the two-tight end offense another go in 2013, after failing to establish it with the likes of Anthony Fasano, Martellus Bennett and John Phillips.

What I like about Escobar is that he makes big plays downfield. He’s a huge target and uses his large frame to shield the ball from defenders. What I don’t like is that he can be a liability in the running game because he loses his balance when blocking sometimes overextending to reach the defender.

I don’t think this pick is as big a surprise because the Cowboys had a need for a third receiving target, and Escobar will fill that need. The Cowboys obviously valued Escobar more than any of the available receivers on the board at No.47. I personally had him rated the fourth best tight end in the Draft, so the value for this pick is there.

I give this pick a solid B

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1

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