2014 NFL Draft: Jets get C+ for picking tight end Jace Amaro at No. 49
With the 49th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jets select Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro.
NEW YORK -- With the 49th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jets select Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro.
Most draft outlets had Amaro as the fourth or fifth-best tight end in this year's draft class, but NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang ranked the Texas Tech standout second behind only UNC's Eric Ebron.
But Amaro, who finished his junior season with 106 receptions for 1,352 yards (an FBS single-season record for the position), isn't your prototypical NFL tight end. If you're a team in need of an inline blocker, look elsewhere; Amaro was often flexed out at Texas Tech, creating mismatch problems with slower linebackers and smaller defensive backs.
It's one of those things where I was dominating," Amaro told USAToday.com recently regarding his junior season. "I went four weeks straight with 100-plus yards and a touchdown every game. I just felt like college is fun, but right then and there was a time where I thought I know can play in the NFL."
And that's the logical next step. Now it's a matter if his skills will translate to a league that's immeasurably more physical and often requires tight ends to block defenders that outweigh them by 20-30 pounds.
NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang describes Amaro as "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," adding that "He is a balanced route-runner and collects himself when changing direction 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."
At 6-5, 265, it's reasonable to think that Amaro could become an adequate blocker, though Rang points out that the former Red Raider "lacks elite bulk and muscle definition for the position" and "needs to develop a nastier demeanor as a blocker."
Fair enough. But if Amaro creates middle-of-the-field mismatches in the passing game for New York next fall like he did at Texas Tech, he'll be well worth the second-round investment.
The Jets need weapons for the offense, but why not a WR? I would have taken a WR, but Amaro will help. GRADE: C+ http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 10, 2014
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