The latest example that the Twitter world is having fun with is Cowboys rookie tight end Gavin Escobar (47th overall pick) and Green Bay rookie running back Eddie Lacy (61st overall). As you can see, it was not as if Lacy was picked 48th and a lot of other guys between Escobar and Lacy have not made a big impact but ... this does not look good.
In nine games, Escobar has four receptions for 65 yards with one touchdown. All of that double tight end talk the Cowboys tossed out when they drafted Escobar has faded. Meanwhile the player Escobar likely should be ahead of, third-year tight end James Hanna, has eight catches for 56 yards.
Thus far, it looks as if there was no reason to draft Escobar so high.
And Lacy? 134 carries for 596 yards and four scores. Considering how badly the Cowboys need a running back behind DeMarco Murray, Lacy's production is enticing.
I asked Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett how he would evaluate Escobar's season thus far.
"He's done a good job with the opportunities we've given him; when we drafted him we felt like he was a receiving tight end first," Coach Process said. "He had to grow into a traditional Y tight end and put his hand on the ground and block. ... He's been a part of some of the stuff we've done. We'll keep giving him chances. He's growing and developing. None of the situations seem too big for him."
Escobar is only 22, and right now he is going to remain firmly stuck behind Jason Witten, who is in his 11th season in the league. If this pick is going to be worth it, Escobar has to take Witten's spot. He cannot be drafted to be a backup, play for one contract and then leave. That's what Martellus Bennett did and it was not necessarily a bust but a player drafted that high and of that ability should be a two-contract player for a team.
Since the Cowboys selected Witten in the third round of the 2003 draft they have burned three second round picks on tight ends - Anthony Fasano (2006), Bennett (2008) and now Escobar. The first two did not make a big impact on this team.
It's waaaaay too early to write off Escobar, but the early results are blah. The most encouraging thing Garrett said was that the game was not too big for him. Of course, Garrett may be full of it.
"Has he come in and made a huge impact on our football team? No," Garrett said. "We feel really good about him."
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