Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jace Amaro (22) looks for a penalty call against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech

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Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro left college after his third year of NCAA football to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Amaro is one of the best pass catching tight ends abailable this year, and will most likely be a first or very early second round selection.  His speed and soft hands will make him an asset to any team looking for a pass catching tight end that they can split out to act as a receiver.  While he’s not as good of a blocker as he should be for a player his size, teams will most likely want him to bulk up and work on that skill.

He stands 6’5″ and should be a top target for any team that drafts him.  With a creative offensive coordinator, he can really open up playbooks and take pressure of other receivers because of his pass catching ability.

Here are his statistics over 3 years at Texas Tech:

  • Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) cannot catch a pass while defended by Baylor Bears safety Terrell Burt (13) and defensive back Sam Holl (25) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    32 games played

  • 138 catches
  • 1818 receiving yards
  • 13.2 yards per catch
  • 13 touchdowns

Strengths

  •  Soft hands
  • Tough to tackle
  • Good size
  • Solid route runner

Weaknesses

  •  Scheme dependent
  • Maturity
  • Attitude

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota should be set at tight end, with Rudolph, Carlson, Ellison and Ford all set to return.

My Take

Minnesota will most likely not look to draft any tight ends in this year’s draft, especially not one that could be a first round selection.  Amaro will go to a team with a need for a receiving tight end.

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