Jets Select TE Jace Amaro in Second Round
With the 17th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro.
“That’s a place I’d love to play at,” Amaro said on 104.5 The Team, this past Wednesday. “It felt like home.”
Now, Metlife Stadium is the new home for Amaro, who broke the FBS record in 2013 with 1,352 receiving yards in 106 catches, along with seven touchdowns.
Jets General Manager, John Idzik passed up on a visit from Emmanuel Sanders, who was a free agent at the time, because he went to Lubbock, Texas to watch Amaro at his Pro Day.
Gang Green ranked second to last in 2013 with 2,932 passing yards. Tight end Jeff Cumberland had 26 catches for 398 yards and four touchdowns.
Rex Ryan doesn’t mind his players having a load of confidence and that happens to be one of Amaro’s strong suits.
“I feel like I’m the best prospect, especially at the tight end position,” said Amaro, on 104.5 The Team.
“I played at 270 pounds last year, playing at a receiver position almost the entire season. I feel like I’m a receiver and a tight end. That’s the biggest thing that I bring to this draft, I’m so versatile that I can play inside, outside, the slot and in the backfield too.”
Amaro was the third tight end selected in the draft, behind UNC’s Eric Ebron (10th overall) and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38th overall). When asked if it would be a disappointment if not drafted as the top tight end:
“It wouldn’t be a disappointment but it would be empowering and I would have a lot of people to prove wrong.”
Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates are NFL tight ends that Amaro says he has studied their film and tries to bring a part of each of their games into his.
The last time the Jets selected a tight end in the draft was Purdue’s Dustin Keller in 2008 with the 30th overall pick in the first round.