Baltimore Ravens: Jace Amaro

With the Baltimore Ravens looking to add a wide receiver and tight end at some point in the draft, here are some numbers from ESPN Stats & Information on some selected prospects at those positions:


Eric Ebron, North Carolina TE: Averaged 8.7 yards after the catch, best of any of the top 10 tight end prospects.

Odell Beckham Jr., LSU WR: Caught 26 passes thrown 15 yards or longer downfield last season, most among qualifying receivers. He had multiple receptions on passes of this distance in 7 of 13 games.

Brandin Cooks, Oregon WR: Gained 1,215 yards after the catch over the past two seasons, which ranked fourth among qualifying receivers. During that time, he had 23 receptions in which he gained at least 15 yards after the catch.

Marqise Lee, USC WR: Trojan quarterbacks completed 69.7 percent of their pass attempts with 29 touchdowns and just one interception when targeting Marqise Lee in his career. They averaged 10.3 yards every time they targeted Lee.

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State WR: Produced a first down or touchdown on 83.3 percent of his receptions last season, tied for the third-highest percentage of any FBS wide receiver.


Jace Amaro, Texas Tech TE: Produced 33 receptions of 15 yards or longer, 11th-most in the FBS and 10 more than any other tight end.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington TE: Had only three drops in 149 targets over the past two seasons. His drop percentage of 2 percent is the lowest of any top tight end prospect.

Davante Adams, Fresno State WR: Topped the FBS with 13 receiving touchdowns of 20 yards or longer. He also led the FBS in receptions (131) and touchdown catches (24).


Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt WR: Led all qualifying receivers with 44 receptions and 421 yards on screen passes last season. He averaged 9.6 yards per reception on screens.
As we count down the 30 days until the NFL draft begins, the Baltimore Ravens blog will take a look at 30 names to remember:


Position: Tight end

School: Texas Tech

Height/weight: 6-5, 265

Round projection: Second or third

File this away: Amaro set FBS all-time record with 1,352 yards for a tight end.

Good: Amaro shows a good burst off the line for his size. He is more of a receiver than a tight end, lining up in the slot for 90 percent of his snaps. Amaro is a playmaker who consistently turns short passes into long gains because of the yards he generates after the catch.

Bad: He has extremely small hands for a tight end, and he doesn't excel at catching passes over the middle. There is a question about his character after he was thrown out of a bowl game for throwing a punch. He's a below-average blocker.

Bottom line: The Ravens could still use a young tight end because Owen Daniels is signed for only one year. But there are too many other bigger needs for the Ravens to use a second-round pick on Amaro. While I don't see him falling into the third round, he would be on their radar if he did unexpectedly slide.
The Baltimore Ravens are expected to take a playmaker on offense, whether it's a wide receiver or a tight end, early in the draft. Here's how some potential targets fared at the NFL combine:


Eric Ebron, North Carolina tight end: The top tight end prospect didn't disappoint. His 40-yard time (4.6 seconds) was the second best for his position. He has all the measurables for the position, checking in at 6-foot-4 with big hands (10 inches). If he can improve as a blocker, Ebron will be the total package. The Ravens, who have the No. 17 overall pick, may be wondering whether Ebron had too good of a showing. ESPN's John Clayton believes Ebron can be a candidate for the top 15.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M wide receiver: He squashed any concern about his speed. His 40 time (4.53 seconds) was ahead of several other receivers and is impressive for a 6-foot-5 receiver. Evans also looked smooth in the pass-catching drills. He may have solidified himself as the No. 2 receiver behind Sammy Watkins.

Odell Beckham, LSU wide receiver: Ravens fans are going to hear Beckham's name more because he went from a late first-round prospect to a mid-round one. His 4.43 time in the 40 was seventh best among wide receivers and his route running was precise. The 5-11 target looked explosive and displayed solid hands.


Jarvis Landry, LSU wide receiver: He posted a slow first 40 time (4.77 seconds) and then passed on his second run after tweaking his hamstring. His broad jump and vertical leap were among the worst at his position.

Marqise Lee, USC wide receiver: His 40 time (4.52 seconds) is disappointing for a receiver who measured under 6 feet. In the pass-catching drills, Lee wasn't helped by ragged throws, which caused him to adjust to pull in the ball. He may have dropped behind Evans to No. 3 on the receiver rankings.

Jace Amaro, Texas Tech tight end: There were mixed feelings on Amaro. He was among the top five tight ends in 40-yard time and bench press. But some teams may want a pass-catching tight end to run the 40 faster than 4.74 seconds. Amaro also had some drops in the pass-catching drills, and his hands were the smallest (9 inches) at his position.
The most-asked question I have received since the Baltimore Ravens' season ended is: Who are the Ravens drafting in May?

Kevin Weidl, one of the draft experts at, has a few names for you. His breakdown of all of the draft needs for AFC North teams is an Insider post, Insider which means you'll need a subscription to read the entire piece.

But here are some potential draft targets mentioned by Weidl (along with comment from me):


OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: He isn't at the same level of former Michigan tackle Jake Long, but his size, athleticism and mentality makes him a first-round pick.

OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame: He possesses great strength but his lack of ideal length could make him better suited for guard.

OT Morgan Moses, Virginia: He's a superb pass-protector who allowed two sacks in 506 pass attempts.

G David Yankey, Stanford: His athleticism and footwork allows him to pull and open up holes in the running game.


Eric Ebron, North Carolina: He led all ACC tight ends in catches and built a reputation for making impressive catches on the outside and down the seam.

Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: The 6-foot-5, 260-pound target set the FBS record with 1,352 receiving yards, the most ever for a tight end.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: A former college basketball player, he won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end this season.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa: A solid three-year starter who has reliable hands and is a fine route-runner.


Mike Evans, Texas A&M: A mismatch nightmare at 6-5, 225 pounds, he posted personal highs in receiving yards (1,394) and receiving touchdowns (12).

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State: Raw and athletic, he caught everyone's attention by heading into the BCS National Championship Game with nine touchdowns in his past five games.

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: Other than his strength and ability, what stands out is he became the SEC all-time leading receiver without consistent quarterbacking in his career.

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: A smaller playmaker (5-10), he broke Pac-12 records with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards this season.

Jarvis Landry, LSU: He recorded 15 touchdown catches and had six games with at least 100 yards receiving over the last two seasons.