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Friday, April 4, 2014

Around The Draft: Jace Amaro

60 days, 60 prospects, if I can fit it in.  I missed the last two days, this nonsense tells me.  I'm part-time into a bottle of rye already tonight so it's not going to be smart to catch up yet.

Amaro - 6'5, 265 - has been running high lately, passing Austin Sefarien-Jenkins and at one point was threatening Eric Ebron, the current top rated TE. A 4.74 at combine and some questions about his maturity make him a wild-card for the draft, but for Carolina's purposes he's a 2nd or 3rd rounder (and, by need, not earlier than a 3rd).

Texas Tech used the massive Amaro in the slot, mostly.  That's an interesting bit for this offense, which often uses the TE on option routes (as well as the somewhat famous F-post, often run by a TE).  But, using a 4.74 guy in the slot might be a bizarre thing in the NFL. He did run a 4.59 and 4.62 in his pro day, if that's worth anything.

Since he was in the slot so much, he doesn't have much experience as a blocker, bizarre enough - I don't know, I've never looked at a 260 lb player on this side of the ball that doesn't block, so I don't know what to do with that. He's a unique talent that might play the H-back role, who might play in base but move out to the slot or split a lot of time, in a more spread offense than this one.

He's a very good receiver, there's no doubt of that.  Whether his numbers were inflated by that offense, or whether he has the speed to threaten the deep ball in the pro game, is hard to say.  Whether a team can live without him blocking, depends on what system he's in.  A pro spread with packaged plays?  yes.  A smashmouth team looking for an inline blocker?  Probably not.

Another TE, and another reason to point out the Panthers suggested they almost took Tyler Eifert (though two defenders would've had to not fall).  Yes, they have Greg Olsen, and there's no reason to suggest that will change anytime soon, or at least I hope not.  But, they have to find every possible way of improving.  I think the thing that will truly matter to their grading will be whether they think they can get him to block.
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