NFL Draft Prospect Profile: TE Jace Amaro
Packers prospect profile:Â TE Jace Amaro
Jace Amaro,Â Â TEÂ Texas Tech, 6-5, 265 poundsÂ Hometown:Â San Antonio, TX
40 time: 4.74
Vertical jump: 33″
225 lb. bench:Â 28 reps
Broad jump: 9’10″
News and Notes:
AP first team All American . . .had 1,352 receiving yards inÂ 2013Â and averaged 104 yards per game. . .His 106 catches were most by a college tight end in 2013 and second most all time in NCAA history. . .was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of unauthorized use of a debit card.
Â What theyâ€™re saying about him:Â
- CBSSports.com:Â 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 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.Â Some maturity and attitude questions that will need to be addressed. Receiving tight end who won’t be a fit for all schemes unless he can get in an NFL training program and bulk up
- NationalFootballPost.com:Â Â Very athletic for a big guy and has excellent speed and body control.Â He is quick off the line and is a very good route runner. He can break down and get in and out of cuts very quickly for a big guy. On the shorter one-cut routes, he consistently gains separation. He has the play speed to get open on post and flag routes versus defensive backs. He has very good hands and can adjust to the ball. He is a competitive and tough kid who consistently competes for the ball in traffic. After the catch, he has a quick burst to pull away and has the quick feet and moves to make a defender miss. He uses his size well and can easily break tackles. He is an instant mismatch because of his size and athleticism. As a blocker, he looks like a big wide receiver blocking. He can use his hands and can stay with a block but he is not overly physical.Â Amaro is the type of â€œtight endâ€ that most NFL teams are now looking for. He has the speed and athleticism to play split out and can really be called a jumbo wide receiver.
- It’s only tape from one game but it was the most tape I could find in one spot.Â And you know it pains a Sun Devil to put this up here!
- Amaro may have run better during his Pro Day but he does not play “fast”.
- You can see his blocking on display here and there is no lack of effort.Â Still, as a true tight end, he will have a lot to learn in the NFL.
- Lined up in the slot most of the night.Â Can play that hybrid TE/WR role
- Did put his hand on the ground at times, which he will need to do effectively in the NFL
- Plays smart and finds the open spot in a zone.Â Shows some instincts and recognition of coverage pre-snap
- Looks to run after the catch and can get physical.
- Makes some catches in traffic and uses his size to his advantage
- Ran many crossing routes against this defense.Â Doesn’t appear to be a downfield threat, likely due to lack of speed
If drafted by the Packers:
With rumors that Jermichael Finley may be headed out of Green Bay, tight end would suddenly shoot up the list of needs for the Packers.Â They did re-sign Andrew Quarless, but he is not a true number one tight end.Â Adding Amaro would give the PackersÂ more of a dual threat at the position than they have had under head coach Mike McCarthy.Â Amaro would also help maintain that goal line threat in the passing game, should Finley depart.Â The drawback would be Amaro’s seeming lack of big play ability.Â With Finley, defenses had to man the middle, which opened things up outside in the passing game.Â Amaro would not fill that hole, at least not right away.Â In the short passing game, Amaro can make an immediate and big impact to an offense.Â He’s a smart player who would seem to get better with experience and learn to use his size to help him make plays.Â He’s a long shot for the Packers to take in the first round and may not last until their second round pick.Â IfÂ Green Bay is hot after a tight end, Amaro is one that would be a nice piece inÂ their current offense.â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”
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