Originally posted by SF69ers:
Originally posted by DRUSTOPO:
Vance McDonald, TE, Rice Height: 6-4. Weight: 267. Arm: 34 1/2. Hand: 10.18. 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2013): 3-4.
is another TE who will be available on day 2. He was used in the slot at Rice, but he has strength ( 31 reps was tops for TE at the combine ) and the size ( 267 ) to LEARN to be an effective inline blocker. He has lacked in that area so far, but so did Vern. COACH EM UP JIMMY!!!!
One of the players I will be keeping my eye on. I feel that he'd be a great fit for us.
Yeah kid seems like a great fit, especially for where we could get him at. As a side note, the 9ers hosted another day 2 TE =
Escobar is a big body, but I think this is just a smoke screen by our boys, this guy is a pure receiving TE =
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.