Posted: 6:00 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Falcons’ draft board: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro, who has had a private workout and a pre-draft visit with the Falcons.

Player: Jace Amaro

Position: Tight end

School: Texas Tech

Height and weight: 6-5, 265

Combine numbers:  4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.60 on his Pro Day); 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 33-inch vertical; 9-10 broad jump, 4.30 seconds in the shuttle run and 7.42 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the second-rated tight end in the draft and projected to be selected in the first or second round by

Career Highlights: He is a “move” or “F” tight end, who played mostly in the slot for the Red Raiders. He caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards last season. He was a semifinalist for the John Mackey and the Fred Biletnikoff Award.

Quotes: “I think I’m a mixture of both (a tight end and wide receiver). I think that’s why I’m so unique. It’s kind of a revolution to the game now with what tight ends can bring across the board. I like to see myself as both a tight end and as a receiver.”

Falcons level on interest: With the great Tony Gonzalez retiring, the Falcons don’t have a pass-catching tight end on the roster. They view Levine Toilolo as more of a Y or blocking tight end. Amaro could come in and takeover some of Gonzalez’ role, while not being asked to match the production of the future Hall of Famer.

Texas Tech's Jace Amaro (22) gets by Iowa State's Deon Broomfield (26) and Jeremiah George (52) during their NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Stephen Spillman)

Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro (22) gets by Iowa State’s Deon Broomfield (26) and Jeremiah George (52) during their NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Stephen Spillman)


–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford


–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language


–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai


–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day


If Sammy Watkins is still available, pick him first.  If he's not, pick QB Blake Bortles who is the best qb athlete in this draft.  Be unconventional and make the other teams do some dealing with you.  Matt Ryan needs someone to push him and make him know he has to get better in order for the falcons to win championships 


"Everybody has talent at this level. And what separates you is consistency and doing it well day in and day out. And it starts every single day. I mean, you can't take one day off. Hopefully, that's something that they've figured out. It's what's worked for me. And I know it can work for them.''  - HOF Tony Gonzalez


I'm more interested in what and how the coach will use him-- if they draft the guy. Keep in mind that Antone Smith has been on the roster for along time and didn't get hardly any opportunities to help win football games other than special teams. You remember when Turner went down in that championship football game with the Forty-Niners. The coach needs to think outside the box a little.


I thought I qualified that by saying "if still available." Some other safety then.  I'd just like to see 3 starters out of the first four picks. And Arther Lynch would be fine later on in the draft. Ole!


If we draft a TE it doesn't need to be early round. We drafted Toilolo last year who I think has lots of potential and has great size (6'8, 265 lbs). We could get a guy like Arthur Lynch in the 4th-5th round and that would be a steal IMO. First few rounds need to go on O-line, LB/DE, safety and RB


Didn't we just draft a tight end, like, last year? Get off the pipe. Jake Mathews in the first, Ha Ha Dixon or whatever his name is in the second if still available. No Clowney period.Running back in the third. Tre Mason would be nice. There's three starters right there if the coach/GM had 1/100th of a brain. Fill out with more depth at line positions. Case solved. See "ya at the Super Bowl! Ole!! Trade not one draft pick to anybody for any reason. Ole!!


Amaro would not be bad for the second round. 

Mack or Matthews would be ideal for the first round pick


@SOB  I'd even be ok with trading up into the late first round to get Clinton-Dix. And would dance with joy if we got Matthews/Robinson then Dix and a good RB with our first 3 picks.