Report Prepared By John Harris
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(Didn't line up as traditional TE in these clips but twice. In fact, he lined up as TE on the backside of an unbalanced formation)
0:31 Stalk blocks the slot corner, strikes but doesn't do much after that.
0:42 Motions across formation, runs quick out like a WR
0:58 Doesn't get targeted but you can see how easy he sheds press coverage
1:41 Shallow crosser - catch and run - that's his bread and butter
2:27 Seven players from the hash to the sideline and he works his way open to make catch and not done after he makes the catch - finishes the run
3:23 Misreads coverage on return route, should know it's zone and settle up.
3:46 Catches the ball under duress with CB hanging all over him.
6:28 Great read vs. 2 read - knows CB will carry go route and safety has him - runs quick out...then with 14 point lead, he turns up when he could've easily gone out of bounds
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0:08 Okay, okay, he gets credit for a pancake block, but he's tough to deal with stalk blocking defensive backs and smaller linebackers
2:33 Lines up at traditional Y spot, stays on block on OU's Eric Striker for longer than usual - effort here allowed RB to throw halfback pass for a TD
3:36 This is why he's in my top 20 - slant route, catches ball with his hands and then he's flying down the field (and the hurdle!!!) - the full package here.
4:39 Solid catch, tremendous effort and a horrible result with the fumble
5:40 Makes right read to settle but doesn't work properly back away from LB - should've been a completion if he moves back out to sideline
5:55 NOW he works back away from nickelback for the catch - this is what he needs most work on moving to the NFL - difference in 60 catches and 75.
6:17 Shallow crosser underneath safety, behind dropping DT - makes hands catch in traffic
7:24 LOVE the hustle - doesn't get pass but burns downfield to see if he can free Eric Ward with a block (keep eye on end of play)
8:18 Excellent route discipline based on coverage finding open area in zone
8:41 Catch and run. Wow
10:33 Decent job at the point of attack in the run game (at traditional Y)
11:01 Uh, just watch. Dadgum.
"The closest thing to Jimmy Graham that I can remember". I wrote those words last summer when I sat down to closely watch Amaro for the first time. It wasn't the first time that I had seen him play but the first time to truly study him; it struck me on a number of different levels how much he reminds me of Graham.
Body type, speed, size, same nebulous position (obviously), basketball type skills. And just like Graham, scouts, analysts and the sort are going to ask the same question: Is he a TE or is he a big WR? Here's my answer...Who cares?
Honestly, can we just put him in the pass catcher category and leave it at that? If we truly have to put labels on a player, let's call him an offensive receiving weapon with the ability to play nearly every receiver or tight end position on the field. That too long for a label? Yeah, I hear ya.
Either way, Amaro will instantly change a team's fortunes in the passing game. His crossing routes are nearly unstoppable, but he can make plays down the seam, especially in the red zone. He's going to need work on his conditioning as he appeared to be a little out of shape in the Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State. Yet, the Sun Devils couldn't stop him.
When he gets to the Combine, he'll also have to answer for an off-season arrest last year when he was caught for credit card fraud. Not to mention, he was ejected from the Texas Bowl in 2012 for throwing a punch.
But, once a team gets comfortable with those off the field issues, they'll love what Amaro does in opposing secondaries. He's in the top 20 of my Big Board and has been for a while. So, welcome to the party, all, enjoy what you see and don't curse him too badly when he ends up on an opposing team in your division.