Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) celebrates his second touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Baylor Bears at AT

What They're Saying About Jace Amaro's NFL Combine Performance

Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas Tech offensive lineman Jace Amaro speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Player
School
1st attempt
2nd attempt
James Amaro Texas Tech4.664.62
Rob Blanchflower UMass DNR
Trey Burton Florida4.594.5
Anthony Denham Utah4.694.62
Joe Don Duncan Dixie State DNR
Eric Ebron North Carolina4.54.5
C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa4.824.8
Crockett Gillmore Colorado State4.854.81
Xavier Grimble USC DNR
Nic Jacobs McNeese State DNR
Marcel Jensen Fresno State4.75
Reggie Jordan Missouri Western4.534.87
A.C. Leonard Tennessee State4.564.43
Colt Lyerla Oregon4.474.59
Arthur Lynch Georgia4.684.72
Jake Murphy Utah4.72
Jordan Najvar Baylor4.884.85
Troy Niklas Notre Dame DNR
Jacob Pedersen Wisconsin4.784.81
Richard Rodgers California4.854.84
Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington 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:

 

 

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.

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