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Gavin Escobar vs. Army
In my pre-first-round mock draft, I had the Raiders taking CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson in the third, because they needed secondary help at that point.
With the Raiders having addressed their secondary in the first round with the D.J. Hayden selection and addressing their pass-rushing needs in the second round with Damontre Moore, they can now move to other positions.
Escobar is a player who I loved on tape. He's a large guy at 6'6", 254 pounds. He showed up well as a blocker on the line, and the team can play him on both running and passing downs.
As a blocker, he was able to get into his man and wall him off from the runner. He used angles well and understood leverage needed to knock defensive ends from their pursuit.
He's inconsistent as a blocker—lunging at times or allowing ends to get into his body—but he's shown improvement over his college career, and he has the physical tools to succeed as a blocker in the NFL.
Escobar showed good explosion off the line and consistent hands. He is able to make adjustments with the ball in flight and pluck the ball out of the air.
Escobar is a complete tight end who can play on all downs, and he's a weapon in the passing game.
Last year's starter for the Raiders, Brandon Myers, walked in free agency earlier this offseason. If drafted, Escobar would come in with the fast track to being the Raiders' new starting tight end.