The 2014 NFL Draft begins this Thursday with round one and we’re looking at the consensus among experts on where each Red Raider could land this weekend.
First up, All-American tight end Jace Amaro.
Career: two-year starter, 138 receptions, 1818 yards, 13 touchdowns.
Very productive, finesse, detached tight end who racked up exceptional production as a junior when he was essentially deployed as an inside receiver for the Red Raiders. Will be best utilized in a similar role in the pros.
“Back in the day, a guy like Jace Amaro probably would’ve played defensive end,” says Gonzalez. “You can’t guard him, especially in the red zone. It’s like, ‘Jace, we’re just gonna throw it in the air, doesn’t matter who’s on you.’ ”
“If Jace gets in a really good system, if he gets a good quarterback, that makes all the difference in the world,” says Gonzalez. “Look at Jimmy Graham, look at Gronkowski. If he can play with a guy like Drew Brees or Tom Brady, expect really good stuff.”
Trevor Matich called Amaro a matchup nightmare who, in combination with Rob Gronkowski, could present some problems for opposing defenses.
“No matter who you put on him, he’s going to be faulty in some way that Amaro has the skills, size and strength to beat them,” Matich said.
First round (29th overall)to the New England Patriots — James DiMaio, Yahoo! Sports
First round (29th overall)to the New England Patriots — Joel Klatt, Fox Sports
First round (32nd overall) to the Seattle Seahawks — Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com
Second round (48th overall) to the Baltimore Ravens — Brian Galliford, SBNation.com
Second round (53rd overall) to the Green Bay Packers — Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com
Patriots, first round: if any team in the NFL knows how to use a guy like Amaro, it’s the Patriots, who practically invented the two-tight end offense around Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Now that they have to replace Hernandez, expect Bill Belichick to take Kingsbury’s advice and draft Amaro with their first pick.