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Jace Amaro | Tight End

Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 257

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Jets selected Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro with the No. 49 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Amaro (6-foot-5 3/8, 265) exploded onto the scene as a junior, posting a 106-1,352-7 line in the Red Raiders' spread offense. He lined up in the slot on 87.5 percent of his snaps. With respectable 4.72 speed, Amaro projects as a "move" tight end with a large catch radius (34-inch arms) and plus route-running chops. Amaro surprised evaluators at the Combine with 28 bench-press reps, demonstrating better-than-expected upper-body strength. Although not as dynamic as Eric Ebron or as physically dominant as Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Amaro should be an early NFL contributor. Fri, May 9, 2014 08:37:00 PM

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In a teleconference on Thursday, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro is a possibility for the Patriots with the No. 29 pick.

Mayock stated that Amaro would be an "intriguing" pick for New England. The analyst added that he could see Amaro "playing that (Aaron) Hernandez" role in the Pats' offense. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Amaro doesn't block much, but he's a dynamic receiving threat, hauling in 106 receptions in 2013.
Fri, May 2, 2014 09:08:00 PM

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro had a pre-draft visit with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets are desperately looking to bring in weapons for their offense, and the 6-foot-5, 265 pound Amaro could be that guy. The sure handed TE would definitely help upgrade the position, and could be an instant security blanket for Michael Vick or Geno Smith. Jets GM John Idzik also had an opportunity to attend Amaro's pro day, showing that the Jets have some interest. Amaro does most of his damage within the slot, but can also be called upon to be an effective run blocker, when asked. Look for Amaro to hear his name called in the second round of the draft.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 01:43:00 AM

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro had a pre-draft visit in Atlanta last week.

The Falcons had already worked out the Red Raiders' star privately prior to inviting him to town for one of its 30 official visits. Amaro (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) would be a perfect replacement for the retired Tony Gonzalez. He isn't the world's strongest blocker, but Amaro snagged 106 receptions last year and set an NCAA record for a TE with 1,352 receiving yards. He's extremely fluid and a quick-twitch mover on routes. The Falcons signing of TE John Carlson wouldn't necessarily preclude them from tabbing Amaro with the fifth pick in the second round.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 08:23:00 PM

Jets GM John Idzik attended Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro's pro day in March.

"He's on Jets short list," tweeted the New York Daily News' Manish Metah, and "will be visiting Florham Park next week." Mehta, a beat writer, noted earlier this month that Amaro could be a second-round target. Amaro (6-foot-5 3/8 and 265 pounds) is a huge and willing -- if not terribly effective -- blocker, but he's not going to earn his paychecks doing grunt work. The Red Raiders' star snagged 106 receptions last year and set an NCAA record for a TE with 1,352 receiving yards. He's a natural on routes, extremely fluid and a quick-twitch mover. He's also capable of exploiting the mismatches his athleticism affords. As you may have ascertained, we rubber stamp a Round 2 selection.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 05:19:00 PM

The Jets have scheduled an in-house visit with Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro.

The meeting will take place in the next few weeks, and beat writer Manish Mehta notes Amaro could be selected in the second-round. We have long been fans of Amaro's work, and even though he spent 90 percent of his time in the slot, he displayed a willingness to block when inline and in space. Amaro is extremely fluid and aigle as a receiver, which causes mismatches.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro is a better player than UNC's Eric Ebron at this point, but not a better athlete, says NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

Cosell said the delineation was important, implying that Ebron's ceiling is higher, but the opinion should still be viewed as a feather in Amaro's cap. "He's not quite the vertical receiver that Ebron is, but he's a very good player," Cosell said. The analyst compares Amaro to a smoother Jason Witten and believes he'll be an impact player right away. The blocking could use work, however. "Is he big enough to be a blocker on the line of scrimmage? Sure," Cosell said. "But he hasn't done that yet." Amaro (6-foot-5 3/8 and 265 pounds) snagged 106 receptions last year and set an NCAA record for a TE with 1,352 receiving yards.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro ran a 4.69 second forty against the wind and 4.68 with the wind at Texas Tech's pro day event.

For sake of comparison, Amaro officially logged a 4.74-second 40-yard dash at the combine in Indy. Former Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege threw to Amaro at the event in Lubbock and the TE "looked smooth running routes," according to's Gil Brandt. Amaro (6-foot-5 3/8 and 265 pounds) snagged 106 receptions and set an NCAA record for a TE with 1,352 receiving yards. "Amaro could be drafted as high as late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft," Brandt believes.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro officially ran a 4.74-second 40-yard dash on Saturday.

Amaro's unofficial times were a bit better at 4.66 and 4.62. But it wasn't his speed that had scouts talking. Instead, the former Red Raiders standout put up 28 repetitions on the bench, shocking evaluators who had slapped the "finesse" label on a tight end who predominately lined up outside. The number is especially impressive because Amaro's arm length is 34 inches, making lifting more difficult than it would be for a short-armed prospect. For sake of comparison, UNC's Eric Ebron had 24 reps and Washington's Seferian-Jenkins had 20. Both have shorted arms than Amaro. Amaro (6-foot-5 3/8 and 265 pounds) snagged 106 receptions and set an NCAA record for a TE with 1,352 receiving yards.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 06:59:00 PM

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro arrived in Indianapolis at 6 foot 5 and 3/8 inches and 265 pounds.

That is certainly a stout size for a fluid receiving tight end. Amaro lined up in the slot 87.5 percent of the time, according to Rotoworld contributor Greg Peshek, but displayed more inline blocking this year than previously seen. For comparison, Jimmy Graham measured in at 6'6/260 pounds at the Combine.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 01:41:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes 10 or more pass-catchers could be selected in the first round.

In that count, Kiper includes tight ends such as UNC's Eric Ebron, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro and Notre Dame's Troy Niklas. At first blush, the number seems high, but more and more mock drafts are listing seven receivers in the first round. If that happens, the tight ends should help push the total amount of first-round pass-catchers into the double digits.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 07:14:00 PM

Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro has accepted an unpaid internship at the San Antonio Express-News.

Amaro declared for the NFL Draft on New Year's Eve. Players and agents go to all kinds of lengths to improve an athlete's draft stock, but this is one of the most clever that we've seen. Amaro, who was arrested in 2012 on two state felony charges for credit/debit card abuse and misrepresentation of age by a minor, is going to face character questions from NFL teams. His decision to accept an internship as a a sports blogger speaks well to his character (as a soon-to-be-millionaire who will work for free) and endears himself to fans. It also gives him a forum in which he can directly or indirectly address the NFL's questions. "I'm about to have a big change when I go from Lubbock to the NFL," Amaro wrote. "I'll be one of 50 players on a team, and everything I do is scrutinized. I want to see how the press has changed in the social media age. I think people are quicker to jump to conclusions based on what they see online, and they can get the wrong image of you."
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 09:39:00 PM

Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro declared for the NFL Draft.

This could be considered the first flip in terms of decisions, but Amaro is a super talented receiving target who fits exactly what the NFL wants. He finished his final game with eight catches for 112 yards against Arizona State. Our own Josh Norris has ranked Jace Amaro as the top tight end in the country since October.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in the school's 41-16 loss to Texas.

Amaro has been extremely vague regarding his upcoming NFL decision, but we hope he declares. Amaro is the kind of receiving tight end teams salivate over, since he can line up in a variety of sets. The junior has even seen more time inline this season and is a willing blocker. We wouldn't be surprised if Eric Ebron is the first tight end off the board, but Amaro should be high on many wishlists.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 09:36:00 AM

Texas head coach Mack Brown compared Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro to a "bigger, thicker Jermichael Finley."

"I think he'll be a great pro player," Brown said Monday. "He's not a good player. He's a great player. Unless you give him special attention, you are going to lose the game." Our own Josh Norris has ranked Jace Amaro highly for weeks, and now lists him among the top 15 players in the entire draft. He fits where the tight end position is going in the NFL.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:16:00 AM