Bear Pascoe, TE, 184 pick overall

Bear should be able to come in and fill the void left by Billy Bajema

Bear should be able to come in and fill the void left by Billy Bajema

The 49ers select, tight end Bear Pascoe, Fresno State in the 6th round (184th overall).

Pascoe might have something in common with the late James Brown – competing for the title of “hardest working man in America.” The well-built athlete joined the Fresno State program as a quarterback, but quickly found a home as the team’s primary offensive weapon after moving to tight end. He did not rest on his receiving laurels, however, as he developed into what head coach Pat Hill calls, “the most devastating blocker we’ve ever had at his position, ever!”

While he will go down as one of the best players to ever wear a Bulldogs uniform, there was much more to his game than just receptions and blocking. He also excelled on special teams, finishing as the school’s career record holder by blocking six kicks.

Still, his football exploits don’t tell the full story about McKenna Sean “Bear” Pascoe. Growing up on a ranch, the cowboy is also an award-winning rodeo calf roper. Pascoe was a big, physical quarterback and one of the top all-around athletes in the Valley during his playing days at Granite Hills High School. He was selected the 2003 East Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year and was named All-Area after guiding his team to a 16-4 record over the last two seasons, including the 2002 East Yosemite League title.

As a senior, Pascoe accounted for 1,851 total yards and 16 touchdowns, generating nearly 3,500 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final two seasons. Not limited to just offense, he was regarded as one of the league’s top outside linebackers.

Pascoe added to his prep resume when he was named a first-team All-East Yosemite League basketball player as a junior. He also lettered in track, competing in the EYL Finals in the shot and discus, placing sixth in the Valley championships in the discus as a junior.

In 2004, Pascoe enrolled at Fresno State, spending the season adjusting to tight end from quarterback. He so impressed the coaching staff that he was named Scout Team Player of the Year for his performances in practice. He played in all 13 games, including nine on offense, where he earned three starts in 2005. He pulled down five passes for 34 yards and returned five kickoffs for 27 yards.

As a sophomore, Pascoe took over tight end duties, starting all 12 games. He finished fourth on the team with 22 receptions, gaining 307 yards (14.2 avg) with two scores. He had one kickoff return for 12 yards and registered four tackles, as he blocked kicks in each of the Oregon and New Mexico State clashes.

Despite missing one game and a good portion of another with an ankle sprain, Pascoe became the first Fresno State tight end to receiver first-team All-Conference (Western Athletic) honors. He finished second on the team with a career-high 45 receptions for 553 yards (12.3 avg) and four touchdowns. He blocked two more kicks, knocking down a field goal in each of the Texas A&M and Nevada contests.

Pascoe was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List and again garnered All-WAC first-team honors, even though his ankle problems again saw him sit out one entire game and a part of another. He again ranked second on the squad after hauling down 40 passes, good for 400 yards (10.0 avg) and four touchdowns…He added two more blocked kicks to establish a new school record with six blocks for his career.

Positives: Good frame for the position. Good bulk and overall strength as a blocker. Uses his hands and leverage well as a blocker and provides as much effort as a blocker as he does as a receiver. Puts smaller defenders on their back and plays through the whistle. Able to reach linebackers at the second level. Former quarterback who understands where the holes are on the defense. Solid route-running in the short to intermediate zones. Uses his body to shield defenders. Natural hands catcher who can who fight for the ball and can track over his shoulder. Bullish runner who fights for extra yardage.

Negatives: Not an elite athlete in the Kellen Winslow mold. Lacks the straight-line speed to threaten the seam against NFL talent. Takes a few steps to get to top speed. Flashes the ability to make tough receptions with defenders draped over him, but needs to continue to work in this area. Leans forward when blocking, and needs to improve his balance facing stronger defenders. Defensive backs use their quickness to elude him while blocking in the open field.

Compares To: KRIS MANGUM, ex-Carolina — It is fitting that he is compared to a retired player, as Pascoe is an old school type of tight end, one that does a good job of blocking in-line and is used as a safety valve receiver underneath. He is not the type to threaten the seam and you will find most other tight ends in the draft able to outrace him, but he has the intangibles – a blue collar work ethic, tough as nails and willing to sacrifice himself to make the play.

Injury Report
2007: Missed a good portion of the Utah State game (11/03) and sat out the Kansas State clash (11/24) with a high ankle sprain.

2008: Did not play vs. Idaho (10/11) and Utah State (10/25) due to an ankle sprain.

2009: Could not participate in 225-pound bench press at the combine due to a right shoulder injury.

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  • West.

    I had Bear coming to us in the 7th round but TE started being took…. Solid pick up, we lost our Blocking TE an replaced him with someone that can not only Block but Catch.