2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jace Amaro
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top tight end prospects and we are focusing our attention on Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro today.
A big time prospect out of high school, Jace Amaro surprised some by signing with Texas Tech. In Lubbock, Amaro was a perfect fit for Tech’s Air Raid offenses as he is an elite pass catcher capable of lining up in the slot, out wide, inline and even in the backfield. Regardless of where he lined up Amaro showed his natural ability to catch the football, using his big frame and soft hands to operate all over the field. He put it all together last year finishing with 102 catches for 1,300 yard — earning him a 1st team unanimous All American selection — and securing his position as a 1st round pick.
Size: Big frame, well built, has a size advantage over linebackers and defensive backs and is a red zone threat.
Fluid Athlete: Surprisingly quick in and out of breaks for a bigger guy, can gain separation with his quickness, can pull off double moves, can catch and turn upfield quickly and has good footwork.
Reliable Target: Uses his size extremely well to box out defenders, knows where to sit down against zone coverage, soft hands, capable of hauling in contested pass and was the top target at Texas Tech for 2 seasons.
Versatile: Lined up inline, in the slot, out wide and in the backfield, great receiver and capable blocker that has the size to become an above average blocker, ran a variety of routes including double moves and will be able to fill the tight end/wide receiver hybrid role in the NFL.
Lacks Elite Athleticism: Doesn’t possess elite speed or power, can’t stretch a defense down the seam, can be pushed around by stronger defenders, limited ceiling and will always be more of a security blanket than a dynamic weapon.
Attitude/Effort: Showed a lack of effort on plays where he was the second or third option, sulked on the sideline at times, has some wide receiver divaness in him and wasn’t considered a great teammate.
Overall: Another well built tight end prospect, Amaro doesn’t wow you with raw power, speed or athleticism like Ebron or even Niklas does. What does pop is his natural fluidity and ability to get open and secure a football. While that might seem obvious its an overlooked skill and Amaro has all of the potential to be a solid possession tight end/wide receiver hybrid that win with quickness on short to intermediate routes instead of explosion vertically. The one worry is aspect is Amaro tendency to seem uninterested and checked out. He would be best suited to go to a team with a strong established locker room with veterans that will light and fire under him.
Prediction: Mid to Late 1st Round
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