Aztecs in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Gavin Escobar

Gavin Escobar jumps

Gavin Escobar competes in the broad jump test at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

Height: 6’5 7/8″
Weight: 254 pounds
Arm length: 33 5/8″
Hand size: 9 3/4″

40-yard dash: 4.84 seconds, 11th*
3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds, 2nd*
20-yard shuttle: 4.31 seconds, 2nd*
60-yard shuttle: 11.86 seconds, 5th*
Vertical jump: 32 inches, 8th*
Broad jump: 114 inches, 7th*
Bench press: DNP**

*Rank amongst 19 tight ends at combine
**Escobar did not participate in the bench press test at the combine

Although Escobar did not record the fastest 40-yard dash time, the rest of his combine performance was very impressive. He was the second-best amongst the tight ends in both the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle, and ranked in the middle of the pack in the other tests.

What distanced Escobar from the the group was his performance in the various position drills, where he displayed his incredible ball-catching skills and had NFL analyst Mike Mayock raving about his hands.

“Trust me, Rich, you’re going to get to know this name in the next few months,” Mayock said to fellow broadcaster Rich Eisen during the combine. “Watching him catch a football, it’s like ballet. I mean this kid’s got strong hands and he goes up for the ball.”

Escobar will have a chance to better his 40-yard dash time at San Diego State’s pro day on March 19, but it won’t be too much of a concern to NFL scouts. His game film is all the proof they need to see that he is fast enough to play at the next level.

Overall, Escobar had a solid performance at the combine, and although he didn’t shock scouts with jaw-dropping numbers, he likely secured his position as one of the top three tight ends available.

2nd-3rd round

Gavin Escobar 2013 NFL Combine Highlights

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