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2014 NFL Draft: Pieces In Play For Jace Amaro To Be New York Giants’ 1st-Round Pick

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Although I have long been a proponent of the New York Giants targeting C.J. Fiedorowicz in the third or fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants might not share that same sentiment.

They were one of three teams to send scouts to Jace Amaro’s pro day. This wasn’t the first time they showed interest in Amaro, as he was one of the prospects they elected to interview at the NFL Combine. I will explore why the Giants are interested in a tight end, what Amaro brings to the table overall and what scenarios might land him with the team.

The team entered free agency with a glaring need at tight end. Currently, a group consisting of Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson and Daniel Fells makes up the Giants’ tight end corps. Out of that group, only Fells has extended experience working as an inline tight end. Speaking at the owners meetings today, Tom Coughlin referred to the tight end position as a “big question mark”.

Although Amaro lined up primarily in the slot at Texas Tech, his size alone lends credibility to the idea that he can be an effective inline tight end in the NFL. Amaro checked in at the Combine at just over 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds. He completed the second-most bench press repetitions at tight end with 28. This measurable is a good indicator of a player’s strength.

Aside from projecting as an inline tight end, Amaro offers a lot in the passing game as a receiving tight end. Multiple NFL film evaluators, including Greg Cosell of NFL Films, have compared his game to Jason Witten. Amaro is quick and runs great underneath routes. He also possesses plus hands and surprising agility in the open field. Last season, he finished with 1352 yards and seven touchdowns on 106 catches.

Most draft projections place Amaro as a late first-round pick. With the Giants currently slotted to select at No. 12 overall, it makes sense that they should trade down into the later half of the first round if they have already made up their minds on Amaro. This way, the Giants can acquire additional draft picks that they can use to fill some of their other major needs.

The Giants have shown a high level of interest in Amaro up until this point. It’s hard for us to decide if this interest is merely a smoke screen or if it’s the real deal. What we know for sure is that the Giants need to upgrade at tight end, and the 2014 NFL Draft provides them the best opportunity to do so.

 Dan Schneier is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @pff_danschneier, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network through Google.