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Curious: Where would Escobar rank among this year's TE class?

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Corleone, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. Corleone

    Corleone Well-Known Member

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    I was watching path to the draft where they were breaking down the top five tight ends and I was just curious if anyone had an opinion on where last years class would rank with this years? I know Escobar's scouting report noted he had exceptional ball skills but did not block and was slow. Where would he fit if he came out this year?

    Eifert, Ertz, Kelce, Escobar, McDonald are the ones I remember from 2013. I saw a Cowboy website do this with DEs and it was interesting,

    and no I want nothing to do with drafting a TE!
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  2. Macnalty

    Macnalty Well-Known Member

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    I think Eifert and Ebron are similar and would rate them 1 and 1a, next Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Ertz both have some inconsistency issues and similar talent, with Escobar(best hands of whole group) behind Jace Amaro is my opinion after realizing none of these guys are once in a generational. I think we did well getting Escobar he is a Witten in the making with better hands. I know he is not so popular right now, it would of helped if we had not abandoned the "12" offense they touted so much last year. I am still wondering what happened to James Hanna's production last year he is was much faster than all these TE's, at the combine he exhibited poor catching technique and dropped down to us. What I saw of him indicated his catching technique was improved. Hope both have a breakout year and they very well could.
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  3. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    I like Escobar. He is very similar to Witten. Terrific hands and a feel for getting open. Witten was not a good blocker as a rookie either. Escobar's top speed is actually faster than Witten's. Escobar is just slower off the line.
  4. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    They used Hanna as a blocker about 85% of the time in 2013. The pass routes that he did run were primarily short crossing routes or short routes into the flat. It would be interesting to see Hanna get more opportunities to run longer routes where he would put pressure on LBs to cover him.
  5. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, not Escobar's fault his OC had no idea how to use him.
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  6. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    This team collects TE's like women collect shoes. They wanted a second one last year and Linehan likes to throw middle of the field. You do the math.
  7. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Escobar and Witten should have a good year with Linehan's offense.

    Murray could get 2000 all purpose yards.
  8. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    We will have to see how things work out in the draft but Keiper has amaro going in rd 3 and if you have Escobar ranked behind him, that means we way over reached for him at the top of rd 2
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    DEMARC0MURRAY29 Active Member

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    I still think Ertz wil be the best TE from that class, closely followed by Escobar.
  10. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    For the life of me I can't understand why Red hasn't given him the chance to do just that.
  11. Macnalty

    Macnalty Well-Known Member

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    Amaro is a force no matter what is now in the media, he will be drafted quickly in the early second rd if not the tail of the first. He is smaller than Escobar but bares a closer resemblance to a WR than a TE. We have something in Escobar so he is not a wash out or wasted pick IMO. Although we did not see him make any of those tough grabs he does have them in his repertoire and his college team did not know what or how to use him correctly within their offense IMO. At the end of day you want Amaro or Escobar on your team.
    I was amazed that Hanna did not get more exposure last year(he is off the charts fast for TE and his hands look vastly improved), it seemed we had so many weapons and yet we only used a selective few. Now this might have been because of that darn cyst on Tony's back for all I know.
  12. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    Similar lofty projections were made about Escobar after the draft
    Let's see how it actually plays out
  13. Macnalty

    Macnalty Well-Known Member

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    Oh I agree with you if he does not jump off the screen this season we need to start looking again for a Witten replacement. He has the pedigree but we all realize it takes more than that to play in the NFL.
  14. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    That's nothing to brag about. ;)
  15. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Having Hanna as primarily a blocking TE was one of the oddest things that they did in 2013. They had a guy that they eventually cut (Andre Smith) that was a good blocker.
  16. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Sixth. Behind Ebron, Amaro, Niklas, Serafin-Jenkins and Fiedorowicz. Somewhere in the fourth round, where he should have been picked last year.
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  17. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    I remember this. Parcells referred to Witten as an effort blocker and would benefit from being mentored by Campbell.
  18. dbonham

    dbonham Well-Known Member

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    Wanna see Escobar and Tony develop a undefendable route like the back shoulder fade to Dez. I think if you put the ball up high on a seam route in the end zone and let him box the defender out and test his hands good things will happen. He either catches it or it sails through the goalposts harmlessly.

    Witten can catch the seam in the open field, but he's never been a jump ball guy, as good as he is boxing defenders out on shallow routes.
  19. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    Jordan Reed might have something about that. As a Gator fan I can tell you that kid has talent and Washington got a good player. Lucky for us he has crap QB throwing to him.
  20. Tezz

    Tezz Active Member

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    I think this years TE class is a lot better and I liked last years class.

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