Jace Amaro’s receiving ability was on full display all last season, but he needed to perform well at the NFL Combine this week to lock in his status as a first-round draft pick. He has so far.
Yesterday, Amaro posted the second best bench press numbers of any tight end at the combine, putting up 225 lbs. 28 times. By comparison, Mackey Award finalist Eric Ebron and only managed 24 reps, and the Mackey Award winner himself, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, could only put up 20.
Today, Amaro showed off his wheels in the 40-yard dash.
|James Amaro||Texas Tech||4.66||4.62|
|Joe Don Duncan||Dixie State||DNR|
|Eric Ebron||North Carolina||4.5||4.5|
|Crockett Gillmore||Colorado State||4.85||4.81|
|Nic Jacobs||McNeese State||DNR|
|Marcel Jensen||Fresno State||4.75|
|Reggie Jordan||Missouri Western||4.53||4.87|
|A.C. Leonard||Tennessee State||4.56||4.43|
|Troy Niklas||Notre Dame||DNR|
Not the best time, but certainly not unimpressive for a guy who weighs 265 lbs. officially. By comparison, the fastest tight end, Tennessee State’s A.C. Leonard, is only 6-2/252.
So as to control for our obvious Amaro bias, here’s what others who would know had to say about him and his combine performance:
Jace Amaro showing off his athleticism. Ran a 4.66 at 265 lbs. Great flex tight end prospect.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
Jace is crazy athletic to be 270 and I like his mean streak. One of my favorite players going up against this past year.
— Quandre Diggs (@qdiggs6) February 22, 2014
Also, here’s a snippet from his official NFL.com combine profile on Amaro’s alleged weaknesses:
WEAKNESSES: Was used as an inside receiver and lacks the bulk, base strength and body power to match up with NFL defensive ends. Is unsudden (average acceleration) and lacks elite top-end speed. Upright, unrefined route runner — shows hip and ankle stiffness in and out of breaks. Struggles to consistently separate. Fairly straight-linish after the catch. Ordinary run strength. Production was inflated by scheme and poor pass defenses.
Our analysis: C’mon guys, of course he’s not a traditional in-line tight end, but who cares? He’s a physical freak who knows how to work himself open, make the clutch catches and finish runs. Plain and simple.
Jace’s biggest contribution to his stock at the combine was the 28 bench-press reps. Every knows he’s a tremendous receiving talent, but he needed to show he can move people around, too.