After going defense in the first round, again, the Jets finally decided it was time to draft a weapon for their quarterback(s) and that’s exactly what they got with Jace Amaro.
Amaro is much more of a wide receiver than a tight end, he spent the heavy majority of his time lined up as a slot receiver with Texas Tech last season. Amaro demolished smaller corners as a blocker in the running game, but won’t offer much as a blocking tight end in the NFL. He’s a receiver in a tight end’s body.
Amaro was the third tight end drafted, which makes sense because Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins both have higher ceilings. But Amaro was the best/most productive tight end in college last season, and the safest tight end prospect, and he can come in and contribute to the Jets offense immediately.
Amaro is 6’5″ 265 with 4.74 speed and he uses that big frame and good speed to his advantage. Smooth route runner, with good initial burst off the line and quickness coming in-and-out of his breaks. A threat down the seam forcing defenders to respect his ability to get vertical and stretch defenses. Does a good job of finding soft spots in the defense and uses his body to shield defenders and create leverage and separation. Very effective after the catch, good vision and elusiveness for his size, runs with an authority that makes it hard for defenders to tackle him.
Amaro has good range and soft hands, but needs to improve at winning jump balls and completing catches in traffic. Has plenty of room to improve, but is ready to contribute as soon as he walks in the building.
The Jets are still scheduled to make one more pick tonight, in the third, they could very well trade up to make sure they get their favorite receiver left on board or sit back and wait to see who falls to them. Of course, they could go in a number of different ways so, we’ll have to wait and see.
We’ll have more from Rex Ryan and John Idzik on the decision to draft Amaro and quotes from Amaro shortly.
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