At 6'5" and 260 pounds, Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro might look the part, but he isn't Rob Gronkowski. Amaro has good speed, runs decent enough routes—when he concentrates—and has good hands, but his blocking ability isn't up to par with the likes of Gronkowski.
That said, if the Patriots are looking for a "move" tight end who can split out wide and create some mismatches, Amaro is a good option. Eric Ebron is the top prospect in that mold, but he will likely be long gone by the time New England is on the clock.
Belichick will certainly have some questions for Amaro during interviews at the combine. His questionable motor running routes and blocking, his poor reads when trying to find the soft spot of zone coverage and some maturity and criminal issues off the field will need to be answered for.
There are also significant medical issues that the Patriots will need to check out. Amaro suffered a torn ACL in high school and a significant spleen injury in 2012.
There are significant concerns regarding Amaro, but New England may decide—like with Gronkowski—that the rewards outweigh the risks.
Option in Round 2: C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE, Iowa)
Option in Rounds 3-7: Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame)
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