Unanimous All-American tight end Jace Amaro had to wait two days, sit through 48 selections and watch two other tight ends come off the board before he finally heard his name called late Friday night.
Surrounded by family and friends in his home in San Antonio, Amaro’s wait ended when the New York Jets called his name midway through the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Eric Ebron (10th overall to Detroit) was the first tight end drafted early Thursday night in the opening round, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38th to Tampa Bay) was second. Both couldn’t hold a candle to Amaro in college, who’s arguably the best tight end prospect in this draft.
After not hearing his name called in the first round, Amaro was understandably frustrated.
You’re going to regret that. I promise with all my heart you will.
— Jace Amaro (@J_ACER22) May 9, 2014
But despite the frustration of being snubbed in the first round and having to watch less talented prospects picked first, Amaro is very excited to be a Jet and grateful for the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.
“Yeah, but at the same time I’m very fortunate and glad that the New York Jets picked me up because that’s the place where I wanted to be,” Amaro told newyorkjets.com. “Going into the predraft, that’s the place that I felt was the best fit for me and I just felt at home whenever I visited New York, so I’m really grateful for that.”
Amaro is getting the chance to be THE guy in New York’s passing game, whereas Ebron will always take a backseat to Calvin Johnson in Detroit. The Jets drafted themselves a big target with speed and tremendous route running ability. See the results for yourselves.
Jace Amaro isn’t just a big receiver or a quick tight end, he’s a huge mismatch in the passing game, a tenacious blocker, and the best weapon the Jets now have on their team.