Cowboys’ draft pick Gavin Escobar wants to be ‘complete player’

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The Dallas Cowboys’ newest tight end will be glad to take over for their most veteran tight end one day, if necessary.

Gavin Escobar, taken by the Cowboys in the second round Friday night, said he will strive to be a complete tight end like 11-year veteran Jason Witten.

“If I can take over once he is gone, that would be amazing,” Escobar said in a conference call with reporters.

Escobar said the Cowboys told him they plan to use him in different ways and change the way they use their tight ends. Escobar is another pass-catching tight end on a roster that already has Witten, who last year set an NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end, and second-year James Hanna, who came on at the end of last year.

Escobar, at 6-foot-6 and 254 pounds, said he wants to get bigger and improve his role in the running game.

“That’s what I need to excel and be a three-down tight end,” he said.

Escobar was born in New York City and moved to California as a child. He said he grew up a Giants fan.

“It might be tough for my brother to change,” he said. “But I’m sure he will be rooting for the Cowboys.”

From the best

Terrance Williams said he is going to get a chance to learn from one of the best — Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

“Back in college, when I was on scout team, I had to be him,” said Williams, the Baylor receiver taken by the Cowboys in the third round Friday night.

“That’s somebody that I really, really liked,” Williams said. “I’m going to get a chance to play beside him. That means the world to me because now I get to learn from one of the best and somebody that can help me throughout the whole process, bring out the best side of me.”

Williams said he’ll go into the NFL with confidence after seeing the success of former Baylor receivers Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright.

“That lets me know, ‘Hey, we can fit right in, too,’” Williams said. “When they call my number, that’s my chance to make a play. I’m just going to continue to make plays and play. That’s something I plan to do when I come in from Day 1.”

Hello, RGIII

When he talked with reporters Friday night, Terrance Williams said he had not yet heard from his former college quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

But he said he knew what the first NFL meeting was going to be like.

“I’m pretty sure when we play the Redskins, it’s going to get pretty heated,” he said, drawing laughs from the reporters. “I’m not going to like his team. Probably going to get crazy there.”

Receiver turned safety

Safety J.J. Wilcox, taken with the Cowboys’ second pick in the third round, played offense his first three seasons at Georgia Southern. He was a slot receiver and also carried the ball.

“It doesn’t make you limited,” he said. “You have to be a good athlete and a good team player at any position. It helps you with ball skills, feet, hips. You understand route recognition, how receivers come out. Playing offense all three years definitely helped me out playing safety in college. Hopefully it will help me out once I’m in the NFL.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was impressed by how smoothly Wilcox adapted to safety last year after not having played the position since high school.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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