Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro is among the top tight ends in the 2014 NFL Draft class. He’s got some flaws to his game, but as an offensive weapon he’s a pure receiver with some nice upside. The best part is how productive he was in his final college season, showing he can be a top option and routinely beat defenses even when they know the ball is going to him.

But there’s more to his game that him simply catching 100+ balls. Let’s break Amaro down and see why he’s a top-three tight end this year:

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 260 lbs

College: Texas Tech

Position: TE

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  • Has the size and build you want in a pass-catching tight end
  • Pretty athletic with adequate speed
  • Has solid agility and fluid hips in the open field
  • Catches the ball with his hands and reels it in to secure it
  • Routes are pretty crisp and help him get space from defender
  • Doesn’t shy away from contact and looks up field after catch
  • Will fight for extra yardage, keeping legs moving
  • Initial release is quick and clean
  • Is pretty fluid and natural before the catch in his routes


  • Looks almost disinterested or even lost when blocking at times
  • Doesn’t win enough or finish on blocks
  • Doesn’t user proper angles or good drive, getting pushed back too often
  • Needs to fight for the ball more/better
  • Gets pushed off of his route too easily
  • Consistent separation may be an issue at times at the next level
  • Wide receiver in a tight end’s body syndrome


Overall Amaro is a very solid pass-catching tight end. He’s been productive and he’s faced some tough competition. He’s probably never going to be even an above average run-blocker and he’s never going to be an explosive player in the open field, either. With that said, he’s absolutely a weapon in the short and intermediate game, while he has the size to also be a factor in the red-zone. He may come off as a bit one-dimensional, but in the right system he could thrive as a chain-mover.

Draft Range: 1st round pick

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