One of the best parts of the NFL offseason is the guessing and analysis of who will go where in this year’s draft. But for the majority of the NFL world, it seems like it is a given that the Patriots will take Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro in the first round.
Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp is the latest to predict Amaro’s placement in Foxboro, as he released his mock draft yesterday. Here are Rapp’s comments on Amaro:
This one is easy. The Patriots suffered all season long in the passing game with Wes Welker in Denver, Rob Gronkowski injured and Aaron Hernandez no longer in the league. Adding a player like Jace Amaro would allow the team to go back to the two-tight end formations it thrived with in 2012, while also adding Gronkowski insurance.
I am not against the Pats picking Amaro. In fact, I hope they do end up going in that direction. I actually have him going to the Patriots in my most recent mock draft. He is a mismatch for every defense, and I love the idea of him learning behind Gronkowski, and possibly developing into a top tight end in this league. Of course, this is assuming that Amaro will fall to the Pats, because in a league where athletic tight ends are rapidly becoming more popular, he may go a lot earlier than we all expect. But not having the unexpected suspense in all of these mock drafts makes the offseason even harder to get to.