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Jets draft tight end Amaro with 49th overall pick

New York adds athleticism, taking Texas Tech product in Round 2
05/09/2014 10:07 PM ET
By The Associated Press

New York Jets' second-round pick Jace Amaro shows off the athleticism that made him a worthy pick at 49th overall.(AP)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets selected Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro with their second-round pick in the NFL draft Friday night.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Amaro had 106 catches and seven touchdowns last season in Texas Tech's spread offense, where he often lined up as a slot receiver. With his size and speed, he could create some mismatches in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system - whether it's Geno Smith or Michael Vick at quarterback.

Fans gathered at the draft site at Radio City Music Hall cheered the pick of Amaro loudly as the Jets filled one of their biggest needs by adding a pass-catching target who set the NCAA record for yards receiving (1,352) by a tight end in a season. He was the first tight end in Big 12 history to catch 100 or more passes in a season.

Wide receiver and tight end were expected to be the focus by New York on the draft's second day - and with Amaro, the Jets got a little of both. He often lined up wide or in motion in college, and Mornhinweg could use him as a complement to incumbent starter Jeff Cumberland.

Cumberland, a converted wide receiver, is considered more of an all-around type of tight end who led the Jets with a career-high four touchdown receptions last season. The Jets also have the inexperienced Zach Sudfeld and Chris Pantale, along with veteran Konrad Reuland, who's coming off a major knee injury, at the position.

It was the second of the Jets' 12 draft picks. They selected former Louisville safety Calvin Pryor with their first pick at No. 18 overall Thursday night. New York also had a third-round pick later Friday, and then nine picks on the final day.

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