Combine preview: Tight end

Combine preview: Tight end
February 17, 2013, 12:15 pm
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With the NFL Scouting Combine set to begin Wednesday in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at the invitees the Redskins might have some interest in.

Given the uncertainty about Fred Davis’ future in Washington – he’s recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon and is a pending restricted free agent with a high price tag – it’s possible Mike Shanahan and Co. will be keeping an eye on playmaking tight ends. Here are three top prospects that could address the Redskins’ need if they need to replace Davis (keeping in mind they do not own a first round pick this year):

Name: Travis Kelce

School: Cincinnati 

The skinny: With Zach Ertz (Stanford) and Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) pegged as first rounders, Cincinnati’s Travis Kelce might pique the Redskins’ interest. At 6-6, 260 pounds, Kelce is regarded as a powerful run blocker and a capable receiver who can stretch the field vertically. He hauled in 45 passes for 722 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bearcats last season. An all Big East first team selection, Travis is the younger brother of Eagles’ offensive lineman Jason Kelce.

Name: Jordan Reed

School: Florida

The skinny: At 6-3, 243, talent evaluators note that Reed lacks the size of prototypical NFL tight end but displays the athleticism, speed and footwork of a game-breaking pass catcher. He hauled in a team-leading 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns for the Gators last season. A first team all-SEC selection, Reed frequently is compared to Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Name: Gavin Escobar

School: San Diego State

The skinny: A 6-5, 255-pounder who creates matchup problems with a rare combination size, speed and soft hands, Escobar hauled in a team-best 42 passes for 543 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Aztecs – a year after he racked up 51 receptions, 780 yards and seven touchdowns. Named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.