Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (HT: 6'5⅜", WT: 265 lbs.)
Second Round: 49th Pick
NFL Comparison: Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
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- Prototypical size, strength and overall build.
- Has the height and frame to develop into a dominant possession receiver.
- A tough runner after the catch, and is willing to lower his shoulder into defenders to pick up extra yardage.
- Lacks the elite speed to get open deep, but he has enough speed to get downfield and then use his size to win the battle for jump balls.
- Capable of being a decent route runner and exploding off the line of scrimmage when he's focused.
- Has experience lining up all over the field, including in the backfield.
- Reliable hands, especially on short targets.
- Has quick reaction skills when adjusting to poorly thrown balls and also shows great body control to position himself to make difficult catches.
- When his effort is strong, he's a reliable blocker and has the tools to continue to develop in this area.
- Lacks the field awareness to excel as a possession receiver against zone coverage.
- Struggles to find the soft spot in zone coverage and is late to react to movements of defenders to cover him up.
- Route running is inconsistent and often appears lazy.
- At times, it appears as though he knows when he isn't a primary option and is slow off the snap and lazy in his cuts.
- Shows signs of a very inconsistent motor as a blocker—he'll fight hard to finish off a defensive back, but he'll be a step slow and give a weak effort against stronger linebackers and ends.
- Acceleration off the line of scrimmage is average at best, which will make it tough to break free from man coverage against some of the elite coverage linebackers in the NFL.
- Serious red flags raised about his maturity on and off the field that teams will need to look into further during the interview process.
- Arrested on felony credit card abuse charges in 2012.
- Ejected from 2012 bowl game for throwing a punch and was subsequently suspended.
- Significant durability concerns due to a spleen injury suffered in 2012.
- Knocked out of another game in 2012 with an undisclosed injury which may have been a concussion.
- Suffered a torn ACL in high school.
- Unanimous All-American in 2013.
- All-Big 12 in 2012, 2013.
- A four-star recruit by Rivals.com and No. 3 overall tight end in his recruiting class.
Amaro has the tools to develop into a dominant possession receiver, but his upside is somewhat limited by his physical tools. He lacks the speed and overall athleticism of a Jimmy Graham or even a Rob Gronkowski type tight end. He can be a strong possession receiver and a quality starter, but he's a notch below the elite tight prospects who have entered the draft in recent years.
Draft Projection: First-Second Round