I have noticed something that I find strange as I have gone through the various sports media outlets and read the various draft grades writers have given the Jets. What I noticed is, for the sites that grade each individual pick, the Jace Amaro pick tends to get lower grades usually being around the C range. The reason given is usually that the Jets need receivers and there were still good receivers on the board. I strongly disagree with this reasoning, and I’ll tell you why.
The NFL is a constantly evolving beast, and evolution happens through success and copying that success. This is why teams made a rush to sign big cornerbacks in the offseason, because the Seahawks proved that it comes in handy to have those type of guys. The tight end position is also experiencing a shift in the modern NFL, just look at whats going on now with Jimmy Graham and his grievance with being franchise tagged as a tight end when most of his playing time happened in the slot receiver position.
It used to be in the NFL that the most important skill a tight end must have is his ability to block. Now the top tight ends coming out of the draft are not the best blockers, but this does not prevent them from being 1st and s2nd round picks. This is due to what the Patriots and Saints have done with their tight ends. The tight end position is more of a pass catching position than ever before in the history of the NFL. In other words, tight ends are essentially bigger receivers in today’s NFL, and as that they are being used in a way they create mismatches with opposing defenses.
A thousand yard receiver is considered to be a great receiver. Jimmy Graham last season received for 1,215, and in my eyes that qualifies him to be considered a great receiver. So why then is the Jets pick of Amaro downgraded as much when he projects to be a similar type player who can create some of the same mismatches that have made Graham so successful in the NFL. To be honest, I have no idea, I give the Amaro pick in the second an A, and I feel that the Jets found great value there. Furthermore, to me this pick was a no-brainer and I remember watching the second round praying, please don’t take Amaro, please don’t take Amaro.