For a guy considered a finesse tight end, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro had an impressive bench press workout Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Amaro, who measured 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds at the combine weigh-in, had 106 receptions in 2013 and set an NCAA record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,352. But while he is a top-notch receiver -- he lined up wide about 80 percent of the time for the Red Raiders -- his blocking is a concern for some teams.
If nothing else, he showed Friday that he is surprisingly strong, with 28 reps of 225 pounds. That's an impressive number for a guy whose arm length is 34 inches. Generally, the shorter your arms, the easier it is to lift.
Amaro, North Carolina's Eric Ebron and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins are considered the top three tight ends in the draft, and Amaro's bench press results were much better than those of Ebron and Seferian-Jenkins. Ebron (6-4, 250, 33 1/4) had 24 reps, and Seferian-Jenkins (6-5, 262, 33 3/4) had 20.
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