Bust, or as Mak would say, training camp fodder. He is a converted basketball player, so, that means he has the hands but has to learn the rest.
Dolphins signed TE Gavin Escobar, formerly of the Browns. The 47th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Escobar has bounced between the Cowboys, Chiefs, Browns, and now Dolphins over the past two seasons. He has 30 career catches. Escobar will compete for a roster spot in Miami. http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/8410/gavin-escobar
Hal Habib wrote:
Escobar, 27, who’s 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, played in 64 games with seven starts during his NFL career. He was Dallas’ second-round pick in 2013.http://dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost. ... st-signed/
His most productive season was his first. He caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2013. He has a total of 12 receptions over the past three seasons, including zero last year.
NFL.COM 2013 Draft wrote:
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.