September 19, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs tight end Gavin Escobar (88) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas selects TE Gavin Escobar with their 2nd round pick

The first round marathon that took three and a half hours to select 3rd round talent with the first pick is over and done.  Now to see what the Dallas Cowboys will do with the 47th pick in the 2nd round.  After that, they will have two picks in the 3rd round with the 74th pick from the San Francisco 49ers trade and the 80th pick.

September 24, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; San Diego State Aztecs tight end Gavin Escobar (88) makes a catch over Michigan Wolverines safety Jared Van Slyke (31) in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys started their draft day by selecting tight end Gavin Escobar from San Diego State University.  Escobar decided to leave SDSU after his junior season.  He red-shirted in 2009 and didn’t play very much in 2010. But in 2011, he had a good year catching 51 balls for 780 yards and seven touchdowns.  Escobar finished his final season with 42 catches for 543 yards and six scores.

There is a lot of upside with this pick, literally. Standing at 6-foot-6, and weighing in at 254 pounds, Escobar has been scouted as being very reliable catching the ball and he is also an effective route runner.  It has been said that he runs the seam like a wide out and can beat defensive backs vertically.  Not as elusive as he could be, Escobar has good potential.  He will be a good catching tight end and possibly spell Jason Witten, as the future Hall of Famer enters his eleventh NFL season.

The negatives on Escobar are he isn’t the strongest of blockers, as he tends to lead with his elbows or shoulders when blocking. And he also plays a bit soft and tentative at times.  Those issues could be  a pretty easy fix by having the Dallas coaches re-train him during OTA’s and the upcoming Training Camp.

I think this was a good pick by the Cowboys, as Escobar has been considered a late 2nd round, early 3rd round pick.  But his selection still does not address the Cowboys’ more pressing needs. Still, I believe we will ultimately look back on his selection as a positive pick for our Boys in silver and blue.

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