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What did you expect out of Escobar

There were 16 tight ends drafted last year. Among the most controversial is Dallas taking Escobar in the second round.

I maintain that Dallas was trying to get ahead of the development curve at TE. Tight Ends have to learn all the routes as a receiver and all the blocking schemes with the OL. As such, they have a longer development cycle than some other positions.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/How-long-does-it-take-to-start-in-the-NFL.html

A given team might also have different philosophies for the TE. Some want them only as receivers and some only as blockers. Dallas wants their TE to be both and have one of the all-time best combination TE in Witten.

Yet Witten, as good as he is, cannot last forever. Dallas wants a TE to be ready to take over, when that finally occurs. Given the development cycle, it is prudent to let the next TE to have some time on the roster BEFORE Witten moves on.

If Dallas was only concerned with the short term, taking another position in the second round would probably have led to a better outcome this year. Yet rookies are long term assets and we should not rate them solely on their first year.

PFF rankings for the rookie TE

Rd...Team...Name.......snaps..targ...over......pass...p blk...r blk.....pen

1-21...CIN...Eiffert...........681.....56.....-1.8.....1.6.....1.8.....-8.5.....3.3

2-35...PHI...Ertz..............459.....55......8.4.....6.7.....0.8.....-1.3.....2.2

2-47...DAL...Escobar......206.....15......0.3.....0.3.....0.6.....-1.5.....0.9

2-55...SF....McDonald.....495.....18.....-6.1....-5.3....-0.1…....-1.9.....1.2

3-63...KC....Kelce

3-85...WAS...Reed............383.....60.....10.3.....5.9.....0.7......1.9.....1.8

4-106..MIA...Sims...........280.....09....-11.1....-0.7....-1.2....-10.7.....1.5

4-133..ATL...Toilolo......198.....14.....-2.7....-1.0.....0.1.....-2.5.....0.7

5-158..SEA...Wilson.......415.....26.....-1.2.....1.9....-0.2.....-3.9.....1.0

6-172..OAK...Kasa............76.....04.....-0.7....-0.6.....0.2.....-0.5.....0.2

6-184..OAK...Rivera.......622.....56......0.3.....2.5.....0.6.....-5.3.....2.5

6-201..HOU...Griffin......368.....25.....-1.6.....1.2....-1.9.....-1.7.....0.8

7-211..DET...Williams

7-219..ARI...Jefferson.....16.....00.....-1.6....-0.1.....0.0.....-1.5.....0.0

7-222..BUF...Gragg.........52.....07.....-2.4....-1.7.....0.2.....-1.0.....0.1

7-254..IND...C-ham.........14.....01......0.6....-0.1.....0.1......0.5.....0.1

FA.....NO....Hill.............179.....10.....-1.4....-1.5.....1.2.....-1.9.....0.8

FA.....ARI...Williams....27.....00.....-0.3....-0.3.....0.0......0.0.....0.0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_NFL_Draft

Escobar was ninth in the number of snaps and ranked fourth overall for all rookie TEs. Yet we should also note his opportunities were limited on a team with a Witten. There were 6 teams, including Dallas, that had their primary receiving TE get 100 targets and another with 98.

These teams had less opportunities for a rookie TE but I added several other teams that had rookie TE to compare their results.

Targets sorted by total targets of the number one TE on team

Team.....total...........tot...%........................tot...%........................tot...%................tot...0%

NO..173..Graham....135..(78)..Watson.....28..(16)..Hill-R........10..(06)

ATL.131..Gonzalez..115..(88)..Toilolo-R..14..(11)..Coffman...02..(01)

DAL.137..Witten....109..(80)..Escobar-R..15..(11)..Hanna....13..(09)..Smith...0..(0)

SD..141..Gates........108..(77)..Green...........28..(05)..Phillips...05..(03)

CL.132..Cameron...108..(82)..Barnidge...17..(13)..Gray.........07..(05)..Milton..0..(0)

CAR.102..Olsen.....102.(100)..WilliamR.00..(00)..Brockel....00..(00)

MIA.117..Clay.........98..(84)..Egnew........10..(09)..Sims-R.....09..(07)

HOU.145..Graham..81..(56)..Daniels....39..(27)..Griffin-R..25..(17)

CIN.125..Gresham.63..(50)..Eifert-R...56..(45)..Smith........06..(05)

WAS.128..Reed-R..60..(47)..Paulsen....45..(35)..Davis.........16..(13)..Paul....7..(05)

OAK..72...Rivera-R.56..(78)..Mastrud....12..(17)..Kasa-R....04..(05)

PHI.108...Ertz-R....55..(51)..Celek........47..(43)..Casey......06..(06)

SEA..84...Miller....55..(65)..Wilson-R...26..(31)..Davis......03..(04)

Conclusion

Some would have taken another player in the second round instead of Escobar. Indeed it is highly probably that this year we could have had a player that contributed more. Yet Escobar is not about just this year.

Escobar was not the highest rated rookie TE, nor did he have as many snaps as some other TEs. Yet one should consider the opportunities that any rookie would have had on a team with a players such as Witten. Escobar improved as the season wore on and that bodes well for the future. He was drafted for a future several years later when Witten finally moves on. Only then will we see Escobar's true value.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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