Scouting Report: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
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Jace Amaro is a player who holds up well to extended looks on film. The more you watch, the more you tend to like his game. At least, that’s been our experience. The big tight end prospect had a very productive career at Texas Tech and he was very good at the Combine. Perhaps the most important thing we can point out in this article is that Amaro looks like an tight end who will be used often as a receiver. That is not to say he’s one dimensional. He’s not. We think he’s a fairly complete player.
Amaro was asked at the Combine whether he sees himself as a tight end or a receiver. “I think I’m a mixture of both. I think that’s why I’m so unique. It’s kind of a revolution to the game now with what tight ends can bring across the board. I like to see myself as both a tight end and as a receiver.” His film backs that up pretty well though he’s most definitely going to play tight end.
Amaro was also asked about potentially playing in places like New England. “I think that (playing with) maybe one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game would be a great start for me, especially in a system like that. Yeah, I’ve taken notice of teams like that. I think that would be an ideal place for me.”
Amaro also stated that people tend to underestimate his route running and we very much agree with him there. His routes are very good for a college tight end. Amaro also pointed out that while he was almost a full-time receiving tight end in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense in 2013, he did get plenty of experience blocking under Tommy Tuberville in the years before Kingbury’s arrival. It’s a valid comment as we see Amaro as a very capable blocker, especially in pass protection when he’s used that way. He has a broader skill set than some are portraying and that makes him more valuable to a team like the Patriots.
Let’s take a look at Amaro’s Combine numbers.
- Height - 6’5”
- Weight - 265
- Arm - 34”
- Hands - 9”
- 40 - 4.74 (5th)
- Bench Press - 28 Reps (T-2nd)
- Vertical Jump - 33” (5th)
- Broad Jump - 118” (5th)
- 3-Cone Drill - 7.42
- 20 YD Shuttle - 4.30 (3rd)
- 60 YD Shuttle - 12.26 (4th)
The numbers are very solid. Not mind-blowing but solid top-to-bottom. Amaro’s agility numbers are even more impressive when you consider his size and the strength on the bench is good news too for teams that want him to be able to contribute in the trenches.
Things we like about Amaro.
- Size/speed combo - Amaro shows it on film and the numbers back it up. He’s a big target and he can stretch the seam at the next level. For a 265 pound athlete, he is surprisingly light on his feet.
- Routes - We are impressed with Amaro’s routes with a specific tip of the cap to his out route. He sinks his hips and gets out of his breaks well for a tight end. He also uses his body very effectively and shields defenders, which, at his size, is a good tactic. He’s fearless in traffic.
- Release - Amaro get off the line well and includes when he’s being pressed. He’s too big and too strong to approach that way.
- Blocking - We were impressed overall with his blocking though you need to watch a lot of his film to get a full feel. His pass blocking, in particular, was better than advertised. He seems to block with some intensity, which we like and he’s effective blocking on the perimeter--setting blocks on WR screens in particular.
- Hands- He catches the ball well and he’s a hands catcher for the most part. He’s not going to make a lot of “wow” plays away from his frame, but he’ll make the catches you need him to make.
- Goal line weapon - Amaro will be a handful down near the stripe, because he can block you and he can release and beat you for six. He’s going to be very good in this regard.
- Toughness - Amaro is tough enough for the NFL. That much is clear. He takes shots and keeps coming back. The Oklahoma State game is a good example of this as is the shot he took to the ribs in 2012 against West Virgina. He’s always looking to make a block. Amaro likes contact.
- Production - He didn’t become a central component of the offense until 2013, but the numbers last year are pretty ridiculous.
Here’s a look at Amaro versus the Sooners last season.
Here’s the game against Oklahoma State that I mentioned earlier.
Here’s Amaro’s highlight reel, but go to Draft Breakdown for more individual game cut-ups.
We think Amaro, while not an athletic freak, has the total package in terms of his skill set. He can do what you need from a tight end in terms of dirty work and he can be an offensive weapon on a regular basis. And, while not a freak type, he is plenty athletic. I’m just pointing out that he’s more in the Heath Miller/Jason Witten mold versus the Jimmy Graham mold or Vernon Davis mold.
As I say all the time, finding the right spot will be key for Amaro’s fantasy value. He’s definitely a solid NFL talent, but you want a team with the right offensive disposition. If he goes to a place that wants him to be more of a traditional tight end, that could lower fantasy output. New England has already been mentioned and that would obviously be a good spot for Amaro. Green Bay could be interesting and Seattle would be as well. Russell Wilson would love having an outlet like Amaro around.
Right now, Amaro is a very nice option for long term formats and will get a bump in either direction based on where he goes. For him to have redraft value, he must have a good location.
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