With the No. 49 pick in the NFL Draft, the Jets selected tight end Jace Amaro.
Amaro is listed at 6 foot 5 inches and 265 pounds.
“It’s the greatest day of my life,” Amaro said after being selected by the Jets. “That was the place where I wanted to play.”
He set the NCAA record for single-season total receiving yards by a tight end with 1,352 and yards per game with 104. He was a unanimous All-American. He had 138 career receptions for 1,818 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He “moves like an oversized receiver,” according to his draft profile on NFL.com.
He missed the last six games of last season with a lacerated spleen, fractured rib and internal bleeding. Amaro was arrested in March 2012 for credit card fraud. The charges were later dropped. He was also ejected from the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Minnesota for throwing a punch.
Jets GM John Idzik attended Amaro’s pro day.
“Only thing I can do is show them why I should have been there,” Amaro said of not being taken in the first round.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI love this pick. Sitting next to Tony Pauline in Radio City, Pauline’s thoughts on the selection, in a word was, “tremendous.”
Amaro joins a Jets team that badly needs more receiving threats this fall. While there’s still a potential opening at receiver for the Jets to fill, Amaro will immediately upgrade this team’s passing game. In Geno Smith’s rookie year the Jets didn’t have a single receiver with more than 50 catches.
At 6-feet-5, 265 pounds with impressive straight-line speed (4.74 seconds) that allows him to create seperation against linebackers. Amaro lined up mostly in the slot for the Red Raiders and caught over 100 balls with first year quarterbacks. Amaro is a big, fluid athlete who uses his thick frame to get proper positioning over smaller defensive backs in coverage and uses his large, hands to pluck the ball from the air.
Amaro is known as a solid route-runner and while not sudden, can use his balance to change direction easily. Amaro can be dangerous after the catch and is hard to bring down.
Amaro isn’t the most explosive or athletic receiver in this draft class, he’s a good receiver lining up in the slot or away from the line. For a while Amaro was talked about as a potential first rounder so for the Jets to get him there was good value.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThis seems to be a popular pick with the fanbase and it’s in a position where there should be opportunities to contribute as a rookie. While there are some questions surrounding him, he certainly was productive (106 catches last season). It might take some time for him to make the adjustment from the Texas Tech spread offense into Marty Mornhinweg’s offense, but he has size, strength and athleticism and could develop into just the type of player that Mornhinweg likes to use. In fact, his measurables aren’t too far off those of Brent Celek.