Possibly one of the best-kept secrets in the draft, this highly effective pass catcher continues the trend of tough, athletic tight ends joining the pro ranks. Escobar might be the next multi-sport athlete to make an impact on the gridiron.
Escobar started 23 games during his 39-game career with the Aztecs and managed to grab 122 passes for 1,646 yards (13.49 ypc) and 17 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he etched his name into the school record books, as his 51 receptions for 780 yards rank as the second-best season totals by a San Diego State tight end.
He is a large, inviting target known for his agility and flexibility. Those athletic skills have seen him make acrobatic catches and bring the crowd to its feet on a regular basis.
Escobar is a natural-hands catcher with excellent leaping ability and courage. He has agility and good field vision, doing a nice job of turning his head and looking the ball in over his outside shoulder. He shows good hip snap and lateral agility to stop and go in many directions, avoiding slower second-level defenders after the catch.
Hailing originally from New York City, Escobar moved to California as a child, going on to excel in football and basketball at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Orange County, lettering twice in each sport. On the gridiron, he competed as a 185-pound defensive end and tight end during his junior season, catching 11 balls for 163 yards and a score. He earned All-Trinity League second-team honors as a 215-pound wide receiver during his senior season, making 37 catches for 492 yards and six touchdowns. The highlight for that season was when he had seven receptions for 130 yards vs. St. Bonaventure, the eventual state Division III champion, as he earned player of the game accolades for his performance.
Escobar received just a two-star prospect rating in football and was ranked the 79th-best tight end in the nation by Scout.com. He also placed 20th on the “Top 20 Orange County Recruits for the Class of 2009" list by ocvarsity.com. In basketball, he lettered as a junior and senior. His first campaign in hoops came for an Eagles team that ranked sixth in the state of California after compiling a 30-5 record in 2007. The team produced a 22-9 mark during his final season.
Escobar enrolled at San Diego State in 2009. He made a big impact for the Aztecs in 2010, receiving Freshman All- American honors while starting 12 games. He finished third on the team with 29 receptions for 323 yards (11.14 ypc) and four touchdowns.
He finished second on the squad with 51 receptions for 780 yards (15.29 ypc). Both figures which rank second on the school season-record list for tight ends. He also found the end zone seven times on the way to receiving All-Mountain West Conference first-team and All-American honorable mention recognition.
As a junior, the San Diego State offense featured a two-tight end attack, with Escobar starting six times, mostly in the slot. Among his six touchdown catches were two game-winning grabs, as he led the Aztecs with 42 receptions for 543 yards (12.93 ypc). He was again named to the All-MWC team and received All-American honorable mention.
Escobar started 23-of-39 games at San Diego State, tying Webster Slaughter (1984-85) for 16th on the school careerrecord chart with 122 receptions…Escobar generated 1,646 receiving yards, an average of 13.49 yards per catch, as his 17 touchdown catches placed 11th on the school all-time record chart…Became just the 26th player in school history to register 100 receptions during a career, as his final totals are topped by only Tim Delaney (180 catches for 2,535 yards and 22 touchdowns; 1968-70) among San Diego State tight ends.
Escobar earned All-American honorable mention from The NFL Draft Report (that scouting information service also listed him as the player with the highest upside among players at his position eligible for the draft) and Pro Football Weekly…Received All-Mountain West Conference recognition for the third consecutive year and was a semi-finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end…Also named to the Lombardi Award Watch List, presented to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston…Helped lead a second half surge that saw the Aztecs win each of their final seven regular season games before losing to Brigham Young in the Poinsettia Bowl, as the junior started six of the 13 games he appeared in…The Aztecs finished with a 9-4 record, but ranked just 103rd among 120 major colleges with an average of 175.92 yards passing per game…Escobar led the team with 42 receptions, as he had 66 balls targeted to him (caught 63.64%), good for 543 yards (12.93 ypc), the fourth-most yards gained by an Aztec tight end in a season, topped by his own 780 yards in 2011, Tim Delaney (794 in 1970), Kerry Reed- Martin (719 in 1987) and Robert Awalt (541 in 1986), as 25 of his catches produced first downs, converting five third-down throws and four fourth-down snaps, in addition to coming up with six touchdowns…Also had key grabs to set up five other touchdown drives while one of his two carries for 7 yards converted a fourth-down play to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Adam Muema vs. Wyoming…Three other receptions came on possessions that resulted in field goals…Had 20 catches for at least 10 yards, including 11 for 20 yards or longer…Was tackled for a loss after a reception just once and did not drop any passes targeted to him…After just four catches in his first two games, Escobar posted his third career 100-yard performances with five receptions for 117 yards and a 20-yard score vs. North Dakota, followed by a 2-yard touch-down snatch that ended a 14-play, 90-yard drive, coming up with five catches for 46 yards vs. San jose State…Ended an 11-play, 75-yard series with a 4-yard score with 3:45 left in regulation and then caught the gamewinning 21-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Aztecs a 39-38 decision over Nevada, finishing with 39 yards on five grabs…Caught four passes for 108 yards and a 12-yard touchdown vs. Nevada-Las Vegas…In addition to his 9-yard reverse for a first down on a fourth-down play to set up a scoring drive, Escobar had six catches for 36 yards and an 11- yard touchdown vs. Wyoming. He also pulled down a fourth-down toss for a 5-yard first down, leading to another scoring run by Adam Muema from two yards out for a 42-28 SDSU victory.
An All-American honorable mention choice by Sports Illustrated, Escobar also earned Sophomore All-American secondteam accolades from The NFL Draft Report and was a member of their “Rising Stars” Class of 2011…Received All- Mountain West Conference first-team honors, as he appeared in 13 games, starting vs. Cal Poly, Michigan, Texas Christian, Fresno State and Louisiana-Lafayette, but was limited during the midseason after he suffered broken bone in his left hand vs. Air Force…Still finished second on the team and seventh in the conference with a career-high 51 receptions for 780 yards (15.29 ypc) and seven touchdowns…The only tight end with more catches and receiving yards in a season for the Aztecs was Tim Delaney, who accounted for 794 yards on 60 grabs in 1970. Kerry Reed-Martin (719 in 1987) is the only other San Diego State tight end to ever gain over 550 receiving yards during a campaign…His seven touchdown catches are the most by an Aztec tight end since Delaney totaled 14 in 1969…Escobar's average of 60.00 receiving yards per game ranked third in the NCAA Football Bowl subdivision ranks among tight ends…Hauled in his fifth career touchdown in the season-opening win over Cal Poly, as he finished with four catches for 36 yards as a starter vs. the Mustangs...had a season-best two touchdowns with both coming in the second half of the victory over Washington State, ending with four grabs for 58 yards...Made a season-high five catches as a starter at Michigan, compiling 64 receiving yards, including a 30-yard effort...Was the team's leading receiver vs. Texas Christian, logging three receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. One of his catches vs. the Horned Frogs went for 39 yards...Logged playing time at Air Force, but did not record a stat ... Had 95 receiving yards and a touchdown vs. Wyoming, including a 44-yarder, totaling four receptions, despite playing with a broken hand suffered vs. Air Force...Added six receptions and 58 yards at Colorado State and exploded vs. Boise State, setting season-highs of eight catches, 113 yards and two touch-downs...Caught four passes for 68 yards at Nevada-Las Vegas and posted his second 100-yard receiving game of his career vs. Fresno State, hauling in six balls for 125 yards...Had four catches for 70 yards in the New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
Escobar was named second-team freshman All-American by Rivals.com, College Football News and Phil Steele.com...The second-team All-Mountain West Conference pick played in all 13 contests, starting the last 12, as he finished third on the team with 29 catches for 323 yards (11.14 ypc) and four touchdowns…Produced 19 receptions for either first downs or touchdowns in 2010...Played in his first career game as an Aztec, logging his first career catch for 27 yards in the opening win over Nicholls State...His first career start and first career touchdown at New Mexico State ended the 41-21 win over the Aggies, tallying two catches for 33 yards, including a 14-yard score in the first quarter... Had two grabs for 57 yards vs. Utah State, as his season-long 45-yard reception in the first quarter set up the team's second touchdown...his only catch at Brigham Young was a one-yard touchdown on a critical fourth-down play...Recorded his second consecutive game with a touchdown, making a spectacular one-handed catch for an eight-yard score in the second half vs. Air Force, as that reception was rated second on ESPN's top plays of the day...Totaled four receptions for 42 yards vs. Colorado State and registered six catches for 62 yards vs. Utah, including a 14-yard touchdown.
Escobar red-shirted as a freshman.
4.84 in the 40-yard dash…1.70 10-yard dash…2.81 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…11.86 60-yard shuttle…7.07 three-cone drill…32-inch vertical jump…9'6” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times…33 5/8-inch arm length…9 .-inch hands…78 7/8-inch wingspan.
Escobar attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Orange County, California, playing football for head coach Mike Jacot…On the gridiron, he competed as a 185-pound defensive end and tight end during his junior season, catching 11 balls for 163 yards and a score…Earned All-Trinity League second-team honors as a 215-pound wide receiver during his senior season, making 37 catches for 492 yards and six touchdowns…The high-light for that season was when he had seven receptions for 130 yards vs. St. Bonaventure, the eventual state Division III champion, as he earned player of the game accolades for his performance…Received a two-star prospect rating in football and was ranked the 79th-best tight end in the nation by Scout.com…Placed 20th on the “Top 20 Orange County Recruits for the Class of 2009" list by ocvarsity.com…In basketball, he lettered as a junior and senior for coach Jerry DeBusk…His first campaign in hoops came for an Eagles team that ranked sixth in the state of California after compiling a 30-5 record in 2007…The team produced a 22-9 mark during his final season.
Public Administration major, with a minor in history…Son of Erin and Harry Escobar… Born 2/03/91 in New York City, New York…Resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.