Posted: 6:00 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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 NFLDraftScout.com.
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.
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