Aztecs in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Leon McFadden

Leon McFadden runs

Leon McFadden runs with the ball during a drill in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

Height: 5’9 5/8″
Weight: 193 pounds
Arm length: 32 3/8″
Hand size: 9″

40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds, 23rd*
3-cone drill: 6.81 seconds, 7th*
20-yard shuttle: 4.27 seconds, 21st*
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches, 21st*
Broad jump: 119 inches, 21st*
Bench press: 10 reps, 24th*

*Rank amongst 30 cornerbacks at combine

Analysis
In last week’s preview, I said that if McFadden can beat the average 40-yard dash time of cornerbacks in the combine over the last five years, he will put himself in position to be drafted in the third or fourth round.

McFadden did just that on Tuesday, although he was a bit closer than he would have liked. McFadden recorded a time of 4.54, just one-hundredth of a second below the 5-year average of 4.55.

McFadden’s 40-time, along with an impressive performance in the defensive back drills, gave scouts closure on his skill-set. They know he can play – countless amounts of game film and a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl supports that, they just wanted to make sure he would run an above-average time at the combine.

With his performance at the combine, McFadden has likely maintained his mid-round projection. If he can run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash at his pro day on March 19, however, don’t be surprised if some teams consider taking him earlier.

Projection
3rd round


Leon McFadden 2013 NFL Combine Highlights


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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

Analysis
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.

Projection
2nd-3rd round


Gavin Escobar 2013 NFL Combine Highlights


Gavin Escobar 2012 Season Highlights


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