Scout's Draft Recap: Jace Amaro

While the wide receiver position was rumored to be the New York Jets most glaring draft need, General Manager John Idzik elected to grab one of college football's most talented tight ends in Jace Amaro. With the ability to play wide receiver and tight end, the former Red Raider could be just what the doctor ordered for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and company.

When Chad Pennington announced the selection of Jace Amaro, most Jets fans had mixed emotions. A lot of the negative buzz towards Amaro stems from his lack of blocking prowess and being more of a bruiser than a blazer. While not as highly touted as an Eric Ebron, Amaro is a physically imposing athlete. Amaro gets off the line surprisingly quick for a player that hovers around 270 lbs. At 6-foot-5, he understands how to use his size properly. His catching style is quite similar to the likes of a Rob Gronkowski. When Amaro catches the ball in space he is almost like a mac truck coming at you with thousands of pounds of force.

The former Texas Tech standout is incredibly tough to take down, and with his size it becomes increasingly difficult to win a jump ball or catch in traffic. He has very natural hands and was a leader for the Red Raiders offense. It's expected that Idzik and company will incorporate Amaro almost as a slot receiver type with his ability to catch contested balls and become a red-zone target. He will instantly evolve into a quarterback's best friend, and a security blanket to rely on.

What really makes the pick special is how he will be used. The Jets offense will not be natural by any stretch of the imagination. Amaro is a tight end that will almost play as a wide receiver. Chris Johnson will be used often in the passing games. Amaro will be a weapon for the Jets for years to come.


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