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Mike Mayock: Jace Amaro would be ‘intriguing’ fit with Patriots

05.01.14 at 8:29 pm ET
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Tight end Jace Amaro makes a grab while working out at the combine in February. (AP)

Tight end Jace Amaro makes a grab while working out at the combine in February. (AP)

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock opened the pre-draft process linking the Patriots to Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, saying New England would be a “logical” landing spot for Amaro if the Patriots end up sticking at No. 29.

And now, with a week to go before the draft, Mayock still believes Amaro would make sense for the Patriots. On a lengthy conference call Thursday, Mayock acknowledged there are some other areas of need for New England, but Amaro would give the Patriots an “intriguing” new option at tight end.

“Obviously (the Patriots have) had some age and injury issues on their interior defensive line with (Vince) Wilfork and Tommy Kelly,” Mayock said. “(But) I also think a tight end would be intriguing there. A guy like Jace Amaro from Texas Tech, who I have a second-round grade on, kind of gives them another option at tight end with (Rob) Gronkowski. I find that intriguing, kind of playing that (Aaron) Hernandez role.

“I think the safety situation at some point needs to be addressed,” he added. “As you know with Bill (Belichick), you never know what’s going to happen except for the fact he’s probably going to move down and around.”

As a junior in 2013, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Amaro broke the NCAA all-time record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end with 1,352. He had the chance to meet with the Patriots while at the combine in Indianapolis, and said New England “would be an ideal place” for him to end up.

‘€œ€œIt was good ‘€” they broke my tape down. They look like they like me a lot. They said I fit their system very well so I guess we’€™€™ll see how it goes,’€€ Amaro said when asked about his meeting with the Patriots. ‘€œI think that starting [with] maybe one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game would be a great start for me, especially in a system like that. Yeah, I’€™€™ve taken notice of teams like that. I think that would be an ideal place for me.’€

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