Found January 07, 2013 on
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Today two of the top tight ends in the country decided to forgo their senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Both Gavin Escobar of San Diego State and Zach Ertz of Stanford will look very good in NFL uniforms.
Aztecs coach Rocky Long confirmed Monday morning that Escobar will forgo his senior season to declare himself eligible for the 2013 NFL draft.
The junior tight end and Mackey Award semi-finalist finished his final season in an Aztec uniform as SDSU’s leading receiver, with 42 receptions for 543 yards and six touchdowns.
In the official NFL evaluation report that Escobar got last week, Long said Escobar was projected to go as high as the third round of the draft.
The 6-foot-6, 255 pound tight end put up 1,646 receiving yards and scored 17 touchdowns in his career with the Aztecs.
The All-American tight end officially announced his plans to forgo his final year of eligibility at Stanford and enter the NFL draft. Ertz submitted paperwork to the NFL to gauge where he could be selected. He’s expected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick in April.
After playing in the Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl the previous two years, Ertz had a team-best 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns while leading No. 8 Stanford (12-2) to the Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The Cardinal had not won the Rose Bowl since 1972.
Ertz came up big in the biggest moments of the year, too. He caught the tying touchdown to force overtime in a win at top-ranked Oregon, the winning score against No. 2 Southern California and a 17-yard reception on fourth and 9 on the final drive of regulation against Arizona to rally Stanford from a two-touchdown deficit for an overtime victory.
BEST OF MAXIM
With prospects like Michael Williams of Alabama, Jordan Reed of Florida, Ryan Otten of San Jose State, and many more talented seniors, the tight end class is already shaping up to be a deep group. Combine that with other juniors yet to declare, and this class could play right into the NFL's desire to incorporate tight ends more in the offense.
Adding to that is a mild surprise...
All-American tight end Zach Ertz will forego his final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL draft.
Ertz said Monday that his decision was made more difficult than expected because of the talent the Cardinal have coming back next season. But he said playing in the NFL always has been his dream and he couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a high draft pick.
Stanford fans on Monday got the news they’d been expecting for a while now—tight end and leading receiver Zach Ertz will be skipping his final season of eligibility and entering this year’s NFL draft.
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The All-American tight end officially announced his plans to forego his final year of...