Jace Amaro Sophomore College Highlights (via Chad Smith)
With Rob Gronkowski's timetable for return in question, a tight end early in the draft to once again create a dynamic tandem should be in the works. Listed a 6-6 and 260 pounds Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro draws significant interest. The San Antonio native went all out this past season racking up 106 receptions for 1352 yards and 7 end-zone trips. Amaro's 1,352 yards is the most by an NCAA tight end in a single season.
Amaro is absolutely Gronk like. He runs almost or even as well as Gronk does and can split the seam with a current 40 time of 4.66. Gronks 40 time was similar at 4.65. Amaro draws double coverage frequently and has reliable hands. Amaro also has good awareness with his ability to gain yards after the catch is a consistent factor of his game. Amaro reminds me of Tony Gonzalez hands and all of Gronk's athleticism. Amaro is too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties to cover making him NFL gold.
Professional skills do lack for the young Texas Tech Raider though. Amaro hasn't been a great blocker which is cause for concern but neither was the likes of Jake Ballard who eventually became a decent blocker. One concern that comes to mind is Colts tight end Coby Fleener who cannot block but can get yards. One thing Fleener doesn't have is an elite size like Amaro. Also concerns about Amaro's constant party boy image come into play but as we all know very well Bill isn't afraid to take his chances and chances are slim another one of his players gets incarcerated again...(knock on wood).
Draft Him..First Chance
Amaro is young at 21 and can bring back/revive the Patriots tight end tandem from 2010-2012. Yes we all love Hoo-man but lets be realistic we need another great tight end. You will hear of Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins but they don't have all of what Amaro has. Anyone remember the tight end drafted before Gronk who was like Ebron and Seferian Jenkins? Not many people do (Jermaine Gresham-Cincinatti). This kid Amaro is mini Gronk and the Pats can't pass him up. Drafting him in the first round would be worth it.