Drafting Jace Amaro would show quarterback Alex Smith just how valued he is by the organization. Amaro is exactly the kind of roving "joker" Smith needs in the passing game.
Amaro's style is defined by sneaky move skills that allow the 6'5", 260-pounder to stretch defenses deep. He is a world removed from a natural in-line tight end.
Instead, he is part of the modern evolution of the position, where glorified wide receiver-types have become the tight ends of choice in modern offenses.
As Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News notes, Amaro is the prototype for the new(ish) breed of tight ends:
Jace Amaro looks like a tight end.
But Amaro doesn’t play like a tight end. Few tight ends in the college or NFL games do anymore.
The game has been evolving in recent seasons at all levels — high school, college and pro. In the not-too-distant past, tight ends were more of a third tackle, there for their blocking, than they were a receiver, there for their hands.
Now they are receivers — first, foremost and always. They play the game in a two-point stance from the slot and beyond far more often than they do from a three-point stance at the end of the line.
Need a blocker at the position? Draft one in the late rounds as your third tight end to handle the muscle part of the position. The Jimmy Grahams and Jason Wittens aren’t voted to Pro Bowls annually for their blocking.
And the NFL team that drafts Amaro, probably in the first round, won’t be drafting him for his blocking. He’ll be paid first-round money to catch the football, something he did so well at Texas Tech.
Bleacher Report draft writer Matt Miller originally had the Chiefs selecting Amaro 23rd overall in his pre-Super Bowl mock draft. Miller emphasized Amaro's ability to attack defenses from anywhere out of an offensive formation:
Amaro is an athletic, moving tight end perfect for today's game. He can play flexed out in the slot, almost like an oversized wide receiver with the speed to beat defenses and the size to box out coverage. Amaro would be perfect for a passing attack like the one in Kansas City.
The Kansas City offense certainly has a need for a more dynamic tight end.
Injury woes for Anthony Fasano, along with Tony Moeaki's inability to stay healthy, robbed Smith of key weapons. Sean McGrath filled in well, but is really more of a short-range specialist than a source of big plays.
Snatching Amaro would give Smith a "move" weapon who can create favorable matchups against any covering defender. That is almost as valuable as an explosive wide receiver in today's game.