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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jace Amaro, TE

School: Texas Tech  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 265 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - The Jets will be getting a motivated player in Jace Amaro, who believed he should have been in the discussion as the best tight end in the draft along with North Carolina's Eric Ebron. But while Ebron went 10th overall to the Lions, Amaro remained on the board until deep into the second round despite a record-setting season at Texas Tech, where he had 106 catches for 1,352 yards -- the most receiving yards ever for a tight end at the FBS level. "I was the best guy," Amaro said Friday night. "I was the most versatile." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Perhaps sensitive to the growing perception that he is reluctant to make bold moves, Idzik mentioned numerous times during his press conferences on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that he tried to trade up -- particularly on Friday, when the Jets used the 49th overall pick on tight end Jace Amaro. Of course, Idzik didn't say who he was trying to get when he attempted to move up on Friday. But given the Jets' need for pass-catching weapons -- and that they eventually selected Amaro -- it's a good bet that Idzik had his eyes on wide receiver Marquis Lee, who went to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 39. "We just wanted to put ourselves into a good position to have alternatives," Idzik said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 2/49 -- Jace Amaro, TE, 6-5, 265, Texas Tech...The Jets are finally part of the tight end revolution. Amaro's numbers were certainly aided by Texas Tech's spread offense -- he set an FBS record with 1,352 receiving yards last season -- but there's no questioning he has the size and skill set of the modern day tight end. Amaro has 34-inch arms and lined up in the slot almost 90 percent of the time at Texas Tech. Time will tell if he has a Jimmy Graham-type impact on the Jets, but he will be an immediate asset in a suddenly viable passing game. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 49/2. *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech, 6-5, 265, 4.70, 2...Amaro set the NCAA record for single-season total receiving yards and yards per game by a tight end (1,352/104 per). A big, fluid athlete, Amaro lined up mostly in the slot and used his thick body to gain position in coverage and used his large, soft hands to attack the ball in the air. He is a balanced route-runner and dangerous after the catch, even if defenders get both hands on him. Frankly: If you are looking for somebody to create a size/speed mismatch in that inside slot, as he did in college, Amaro's your man. But if you are looking for a tight end who can help with in-line blocking he is the wrong candidate. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 31. Jace Amaro TE, Texas Tech (6-5, 265, 4.74, JR)...Amaro played more of a slot receiver position in college and projects as a joker tight end at the next level. He has room to get stronger and mature both physically and emotionally, but his speed and toughness project well to the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Five players who should be on the Buffalo Bills' draft radar...TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: Whaley spoke of the NFL's growing fascination with athletic, basketball types at tight ends and how they (along with running backs) can be "great friends to a quarterback." In shattering the FBS record for tight ends with 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven scores a season ago, Amaro certainly has shown friendly qualities to quarterbacks. At 6-feet-5, 265 pounds with impressive straight-line speed (4.74 seconds), Amaro proved a matchup nightmare at the collegiate level. He is not a traditional in-line tight end and isn't as physical or competitive as a blocker as one might think given his size. He was split out wide on virtually all of his snaps, a role that the Bills have used veteran Scott Chandler. Amaro would be an upgrade due to his greater ball skills and athleticism. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Tight Ends: *Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, 6-5, 265, 4.74...Amaro set the NCAA record for single-season total receiving yards and yards per game by a tight end (1,352/104 per). A big, fluid athlete, Amaro lined up mostly in the slot and used his thick body to gain position in coverage and used his large, soft hands to attack the ball in the air. He is a balanced route-runner and dangerous after the catch, even if defenders get both hands on him. Frankly: If you are looking for somebody to create a size/speed mismatch in that inside slot, as he did in college, Amaro's your man. But if you are looking for a tight end who can help with in-line blocking he is the wrong candidate. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Patriots' draft radar: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: The combination of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski was a dangerous duo the past few years and forced defenses to prepare for two dynamic options at the tight end position. But with Hernandez behind bars and Gronkowski working his way back from a serious knee injury, tight end is high on the Patriots wish list. While Eric Ebron will be long gone before New England selects in the first round, the Patriots will likely have Amaro available for them at pick 29, who could step in as the new "move" TE. The Texas Tech star played mostly in the slot for the Red Raiders, but is a developing talent with the ability to help an offense in a lot of ways. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/26/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...Amaro back on pace...After North Carolina's Eric Ebron, who will be the second tight end drafted in May? For most of the draft process, that player was expected to be Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, but after an inconsistent NFL combine performance, that became less clear. He ran a disappointing 4.74 40-yard dash with more drops than expected during the positional drills. But Amaro helped himself on Friday at his on-campus Pro Day, recording a 4.59 and 4.62 (into the wind) in the 40-yard dash with better results catching the ball from former Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege. With 22 team in attendance, including New York Jets general manager John Idzik, Amaro remains the favorite to be the next tight end drafted after Ebron. The bigger question might be: Will he sneak into the late first round? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 30. *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech, 6-5, 260, 4.67, 1-2...A big, fluid athlete, Amaro lined up mostly in the slot and used his thick body to gain position in coverage and used his large, soft hands to attack the ball in the air. He is a balanced route-runner and dangerous after the catch, even if defenders get both hands on him. He set NCAA record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end (1,352) and single-season receiving yards/game by a tight end (104.0). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/31/2013 - Quarterback Davis Webb tied the Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech breezed past 14th-ranked Arizona State 37-23 at Qualcomm Stadium on Monday. The Sun Devils' losing streak in the Holiday Bowl, now sponsored by National University, is up to four. Webb, who threw all four of his scoring passes before halftime, finished 28-for-41 for 403 yards. The other quarterbacks who threw four touchdown tosses in a Holiday Bowl were BYU's Jim McMahon (1980), Kansas State's Brian Kavanagh (1995) and Texas' Major Applewhite (2001).

Red Raiders wide receiver Jakeem Grant made six receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro finished with eight catches for 112 yards. Texas Tech (8-5) scored on four of its first five possessions en route to snapping a five-game losing streak. The Red Raiders stymied Arizona State, which was averaging 41 points a game, in the final two quarters after building a 27-13 halftime lead. Arizona State (10-4) fell short in its bid to win 11 games for the first time since 1966. The Sun Devils lost to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game. - The Sports Xchange

12/31/2013 - AMARO BREAKS NCAA RECORD FOR MOST RECEIVING YARDS IN A SINGLE-SEASON BY A TIGHT END...Texas Tech junior Jace Amaro broke the NCAA all-time record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end with 1,352. Amaro broke the record that was previously held by Rice's James Casey (1,329) during the 2008 season. Amaro finished the Bowl game with eight receptions and 112 receiving yards. Amaro recorded his sixth 100-yad receiving game of the season (7th career)... Six 100-yard receiving games leads the nation among tight ends. Amaro announced after the game that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. - Texas Tech football

12/30/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro is an absolute stud, no matter what position label you put on him or where Tech lines him up. He has made 98 catches for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns, so he's capable of taking over any game against anybody. He is having one of the best statistical seasons ever for a tight end. - The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: TE - Jace Amaro, Jr., Texas Tech: Despite not being named a finalist for the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end), Amaro deserves this distinction, earning it with consistent production all year. He finished the regular season with 98 receptions for 1,240 yards and was the only tight end to average more than 100 yards a game (103.3). Amaro has an ideal frame for the position with long arms to extend and pluck the ball out of the air. He accelerates quickly with natural burst out of his breaks to create separation and be a threat after the catch. Amaro is somewhat untested as a blocker, but his potential projects him as a top-32 prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Jace Amaro (UNANIMOUS), Texas Tech, Jr., San Antonio, Texas/ MacArthur...Amaro, who was a second team selection as a sophomore in 2012, is the first Red Raider tight end to be named first team all-conference since 1975 (Pat Felux - All-Southwest Conference). Amaro joined Oklahoma's offensive lineman Gabe Ikard as the only unanimous selections on the first team.

Amaro led the Big 12 with 98 receptions - the most by a Red Raider since 2007 - while collecting 1,240 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. He had five 100-yard receiving games, including four in a row during Big 12 play, and averaged 103.3 receiving yards per game. - Texas Tech football

12/13/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: Tight end Jace Amaro (Unanimous), Texas Tech, 6-5, 260, Jr., San Antonio, Texas.,...Amaro, one of the three unanimous selections on the offensive team, led the Big 12 with 98 receptions on the season while posting 1,240 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Amaro's totals rank third all-time in school history in single-season receptions and fifth in school history for single-season receiving yards. Amaro's single-season statistics are among the best ever by a collegiate tight end. - Texas Tech football

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, 6-5 260, Jr., San Antonio, TX...Junior tight end Jace Amaro has been named a First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. This year's team is the 124th edition making the Walter Camp All-America team the oldest in the nation. Amaro, a native of San Antonio, is one of six Big 12 student-athletes represented on the first team and marks his second All-America honor in an as many days. He was named to the USA Today First Team All-America team on Wednesday. The Walter Camp All-America team is one of five used by the NCAA to determine consensus All-America honors.

Amaro is closing in on two all-time single-season NCAA records by a tight end in both receptions and receiving yards. He enters the bowl game with 98 receptions and 1,240 receiving yards. The all-time NCAA record in these categories by a tight end is 111 receptions and 1,329 receiving yards - both records are held by former Rice tight end James Casey who set each of the records during the 2008 season. Amaro needs 14 receptions and 90 receiving yards to become the new NCAA single-season leader. Prior to this season, Michael Crabtree was the last Red Raider honored by the Walter Camp Foundation as he was a two-time selection in 2007 and 2008. - Texas Tech football

11/29/2013 - Texas Tech's Jace Amaro is the nation's most productive tight end, and no one is close. In fact, the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder's receiving numbers are so big - 92 catches for 1,157 yards and six touchdowns - he's a semifinalist for both the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end and the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver. The tight end with the next-best receiving numbers is North Carolina's Eric Ebron, who has 50 catches for 774 yards and three TDs. - AP Sports

10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, TE, Jr, San Antonio, Texas...Junior tight end Jace Amaro played a key role in leading Texas Tech to a 37-27 win on the road at West Virginia. He hauled in nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-clinching score with 1:01 remaining in the game. - Big 12 football

10/19/2013 - Kenny Williams ran for two touchdowns and Davis Webb threw a late touchdown pass to tight end Jace Amaro as Texas Tech fought off a determined upset bid by West Virginia and kept its unbeaten season alive with a 37-27 victory Saturday. The Red Raiders (7-0) blew a 13-0 lead and fell behind 27-16 before fighting back. They benefited from a failed gamble by WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, who passed up a field goal attempt on fourth-and-14 at the Tech 26-yard line in the first quarter -- quarterback Clint Trickett's pass for Kevin White falling incomplete.

Tech clinched the game with a 27-yard pass on third-and-6 from the WVU 32, setting up Webb's 10-yard TD pass to Amaro. Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns. Amaro caught nine passes for 136 yards and the two TDs. - The Sports Xchange

10/17/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Seven: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro...Knocking Amaro for his average blocking ability, at this time, however, is like critiquing Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints. Sure, scouts would love to see him eliminate defenders downfield but each has become a star at their respective levels because of their unique combination of size, body control and natural receiving ability. It is, of course, premature to compare Amaro to the Saints' All-Pro. Perhaps a more realistic comparison at this early juncture would be Gavin Escobar, a 6-foot-6, 254-pound rookie drafted in the second round last April by the Dallas Cowboys after a dominant career at San Diego State.

Escobar elected to leave the Aztecs after his junior season and should Amaro's breakout junior continue, he could be in a similar position to cash in early. While Kingsbury certainly deserves credit for Amaro's breakout campaign, the talented pass-catcher offered scouts a glimpse of his unique talents in 2012, hauling in 25 passes for 409 yards and four scores despite missing the final six games of the regular season with an injury to his spleen. It isn't just Amaro's medical history that NFL teams will want to investigate. Amaro has described himself as a one-time "hot head." Further, he once faced charges in a credit card abuse case. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/17/2013 - Top Prospect of Week Seven: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro...North Carolina's Eric Ebron and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins dominate the conversation when discussing the nation's elite tight ends, but should Texas Tech's Jace Amaro continue his monster junior campaign, he could be the underclassman that has NFL scouts poring over game tape. As the "Y" in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury's explosive offense, Amaro, 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, has caught at least eight passes in each of his past five games, including nine catches for 143 yards in a thrilling 42-35 win over Iowa State October 12.

Though Amaro possesses the size scouts covet and has experience lining up as an inline blocker, he often splits out as a slot receiver in Tech's spread attack. It was there that his impressive initial quickness and straight-line speed allowed him to gain consistent separation against a gutty Cyclones' squad. Amaro possesses natural hands, showing the ability to pluck the ball outside of his frame. Amaro's career-high production was critical to the Red Raiders' victory, as Tech was missing starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. Freshman Davis Webb more than answered the challenge, however, completing 35 of 56 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns (and one interception) to make Kingsbury a perfect 6-0 since taking over at his alma mater.

While it is easy to get enamored with Amaro's production and upside, scouts will want to see him take better advantage of his size when blocking downfield. Amaro prefers to stalk his opponents, sneaking up to them before latching on with strong hands to control. He is far from dominating in this role, however, despite his size, showing less than ideal aggression in this role. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/05/2013 - Two plays into the second half Saturday ended any mystery whether No. 20 Texas Tech would remain undefeated. Taking over from its 35-yard line, a pass thrown by Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps promptly bounced off the hands of receiver Tony Pierson and was intercepted by the Red Raiders' J.J. Gaines. Gaines' return, as well as a personal foul on the tackle, put Tech on the Kansas 4-yard line. DeAndre Washington immediately rushed in untouched to boost the lead to 17 points. Tech eventually clubbed Kansas 54-16 in Memorial Stadium to climb to 5-0 overall. The Red Raiders are tied for the Big 12 lead at 2-0.

The 5-0 start is the first for the Red Raiders since 2008. Kliff Kingsbury became just the second first-year coach at Tech to attain that mark, joining Dell Morgan (1941). True freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield, whose passing production had steadily decreased since he threw for 413 yards in the opener against SMU, completed 33 of 51 passes for 368 yards. Mayfield was injured, however, on the last play of the third quarter and left the field on crutches.

Tech's backup QB, freshman Davis Webb, struck on his first attempt, firing a 25-yard touchdown to Eric Ward. Webb had split time with Mayfield the previous three games, including a 310-yard passing performance against Texas State on Sept. 21. Three Tech receivers -- Ward, Jace Amaro and Jakeem Grant -- exceeded 90 yards receiving while combining for 23 receptions. - The Sports Xchange

09/17/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 3 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech...One of the highest-rated high school recruits to enroll in Lubbock, Texas Tech junior tight end Jace Amaro has shown flashes the past two years, but finally looks ready for a breakout season. He collected a career-best nine catches for 97 yards against TCU last Thursday and it was clear that Amaro is the focal point of the Tech offense. Lining up mostly in the slot, Amaro is a big, fluid athlete who uses his thick body to gain proper positioning in coverage and uses his large, soft mitts to attack the ball in the air.

He is a balanced route runner and collects himself when changing directions with smooth moves to create separation. Amaro is dangerous after the catch and isn't an easy ballcarrier to bring down, running with power and toughness. He does have some maturity and attitude questions that will need to be addressed, but based on physical talent, Amaro has all the makings of a future high NFL Draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2013 - Scouting the Texas Tech passing game: Freshman QB Blake Mayfield has come up huge as the Raiders have thrown for 907 yards in just two games. No fewer than 13 different receivers have joined in the fun with senior Eric Ward (16 receptions, 186 yards) and junior TE Jace Amaro (11-184) leading the way. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - SEPT 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS TIGHT END PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Jace Amaro (Texas Tech)...Texas Tech beat Stephen F. Austin 61-13 on Saturday night as Amaro, finished with eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. Honorable Mention: Nick O'Leary (Florida State), Eric Ebron (North Carolina), Marcel Jensen (Fresno State), Arthur Lynch (Georgia), Ted Bolser (Indiana), Wes Saxton (South Alabama), Evan Wilson (Illinois), Troy Niklas (Notre Dame), Gerald Christian (Louisville), Evan Engram (Ole Miss) - Texas Tech football

09/08/2013 - Baker Mayfield threw for three touchdowns and 367 yards - all in the first half - and Kenny Williams rushed for two more scores as Texas Tech beat Stephen F. Austin 61-13 on Saturday night. Mayfield, a walk-on freshman, threw TD passes of 42, 25 and 60 yards. He completed 21 of 30 passes. His favorite receiver, Jace Amaro, finished with eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. Williams' scores of 1 and 18 yards came in the first quarter.

Stephen F. Austin (0-2) couldn't keep up with the prolific offense of the Red Raiders (2-0). The closest the Lumberjacks were was 14-7 after 75-yard pass from wide receiver Tyler Boyd to Mike Brooks, who scampered untouched along the sideline for the score. The start of the game was delayed about 45 minutes because of lightning in the area. - AP Sports

08/30/2013 - BREAKOUT STAR: TE Jace Amaro was on his way to a big season before going down with an injury midway through 2012. He returned to the lineup in the bowl and game wound up with 25 receptions in just seven appearances for the year. He had five catches for 156 yards in Tech's 49-14 win over West Virginia before his injury. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP TEXAS TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Jace Amaro (6-5, 257, 4.59)*...Amaro is a terrific athlete for his size with natural burst out of his breaks and off the line of scrimmage, accelerating quickly and easily to get to his top speed (rumored to be in the mid-4.5 range) in a hurry. Amaro isn't just an athlete, though, displaying big mitts and natural focus to watch the ball into his hands and quickly turn upfield. The biggest red flag for Amaro might be durability with several injuries dating back to his high school days, including the spleen issue last year that cost him six games. He was also arrested in March 2012 on credit-card fraud, though he is genuinely considered to be a high-character individual by the coaches. The Texas Tech offense doesn't really utilize the traditional tight end position, but Amaro is expected to line up as an inside receiver, occasionally with his hand on the ground, and is primed for a breakout season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - TOP TEXAS TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Jace Amaro (6-5, 257, 4.59)*...One of the top tight ends in the country when he was recruited out of high school, it's easy to see why Amaro was so highly regarded as a prep player with his combination of size, athleticism and strength. He saw limited action as a true freshman in 2011 (seven catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns) before becoming a starter as a sophomore last season. Amaro recorded 23 catches for 394 yards and four scores through six starts in 2012 before he was lost for the next six games due to an upper-body injury that caused internal bleeding. The coaches and training staff finally allowed him to return to the field for the bowl game, but that was short-lived because he was ejected after punching an opposing player. Amaro has an ideal build with a tall, chiseled frame and long arms to extend and jolt defenders as a blocker, using pop and aggression to latch on and redirect his target. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/22/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, Jr/2L, San Antonio, Texas,...Amaro played in seven games as a sophomore in 2012 with 25 catches, 409 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Four publications named him All-Big 12 following the 2012 season. During his sophomore season, Amaro averaged 16.4 yards per catch, the best average by a Red Raider since 2008 (Edward Britton). His four touchdown catches ranked third on the team. - Texas Tech football

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05/12/2014 - The Jets will be getting a motivated player in Jace Amaro, who believed he should have been in the discussion as the best tight end in the draft along with North Carolina's Eric Ebron. But while Ebron went 10th overall to the Lions, Amaro remained on the board until deep into the second round despite a record-setting season at Texas Tech, where he had 106 catches for 1,352 yards -- the most receiving yards ever for a tight end at the FBS level. "I was the best guy," Amaro said Friday night. "I was the most versatile." - The Sports Xchange
 

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