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NFL Draft Prospectus: TE Jace Amero

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NFL Draft Prospectus: TE Jace Amero
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jennifer Jeffrey


Upbringing...
Jace Jordan Amaro was born on June 26, 1992 (damn, he is young, either that, or I am just old)

In high school, at MacArthur High in San Antonio, Texas, Amaro was an All-American tight end. According to Rivals.com, he is regarded as a four-star recruit. Jace was ranked as the number three tight end in his class. During his junior year, Amaro suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Amaro went to Texas Tech University. During his first game against Northwestern State, as a sophomore, he had 4 catches for 49 yards and pretty much stayed consistent the rest of the season. The last game against West Virginia, he had 5 catches for 156 yards and 1 touchdown, his best game of his sophomore season.

In the same game, he was sidelined after he had a hard hit to his midsection while he was jumping for the ball. Later, it was diagnosed as a grade III spleen laceration, fractured rib and had internal bleeding (ouch). He was hospitalized and need 6.5 units of blood; he was bedridden for three weeks.


The Player...
Even after only playing 6 regular season games in 2012, Jace was named a 1st team All-Big 12 Conference player by ESPN. The sophomore season ended with 25 catches for 409 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jace did recover from his injury and played in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Minnesota. But, apparently he punched a defender and was ejected from the game....jeez.

Amaro started his 2013 junior season strong. He led the country at his position in receptions and receptions yards through seven games and led in reception yardage on 3rd down. For his efforts, he earned Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week following a 136 recovery yard and 2 touchdown performances over West Virginia.

Jace Amaro is alongside Michael Crabtree as the only Red Raiders to record eight or more receptions in 6 consecutive games, ever. Watch out for Richard Sherman.

During his junior year at college, Jace suffered significant injuries. A hit in a Kansas game forced him to be carted off the field. Also, a high hit to the helmet again had him returning to the locker room.

Amaro broke the single season tight end receiving record during the 2013 Holiday Bowl, with 8 receptions and 112 yards.


Draft Prospectus...

Amero is projected as a mid-late first round selection in the 2014 Draft.

“I am kind of unique. I can play receiver and tight end. I know I didn’t play as much tight end at Texas Tech, but I know I can.” Amaro said

He is one of the top 3 tight ends in this upcoming draft along with NC’s Eric Ebron and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  Of the three, Ebron looks to be most athletic, Seferian-Jenkins has the best size and speed and Amaro seems to be the best receiver.

NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock says the New England Patriots may be looking Amaro’s way.

“Seferian-Jenkins, for lack of a better term, is built like Rob Gronkowski, whereas Amaro from Texas Tech is built more like Aaron Hernandez. So there are a lot of people that like Amaro and point to Hernandez as that, quote, kind of guy.”

I hope he isn’t made out of glass like Gronkowski. But, it seems he is injury prone.

At 6 foot 5, 257 pounds, he has the frame to block. Amaro will more than likely be the first tight end drafted in May. Or drafted as a receiver. Let’s hope. I know a team who could use him.

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