Oct 12, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jace Amaro (22) rushes after catching a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks draft big target for Russell Wilson


With the possibility of tight end Zach Miller being released, some experts have said that the Seahawks need to draft another tight end to take his place.

Seattle is in need of an offensive lineman and a wide receiver, so why not kill two birds with one stone and draft a big tight end who can serve as a target for Russell Wilson and protection for Marshawn Lynch?

Here is 12th Man Rising’s fifth 2014 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Houston Texans
JOHNNY MANZIEL
QB, Texas A&M

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
TAYLOR LEWAN
OT, Michigan

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER
QB, Louisville

4. Cleveland Browns
SAMMY WATKINS
WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders
BLAKE BORTLES
QB, UCF

6. Atlanta Falcons
JADEVEON CLOWNEY
DE, South Carolina

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
KONY EALY
DE, Missouri

8. Minnesota Vikings
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
WR, LSU

9. Buffalo Bills
KHALIL MACK
OLB, Buffalo

10. Detroit Lions
MIKE EVANS
WR, Texas A&M

11. Tennessee Titans
ANTHONY BARR
OLB, UCLA

12. New York Giants
DARQUEZE DENNARD
CB, Michigan State

13. St. Louis Rams
KYLE VAN NOY
OLB, BYU

14. Chicago Bears
AARON DONALD
DT, Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
JAKE MATTHEWS
OT, Texas A&M

16. Dallas Cowboys
XAVIER SU’A-FILO
G, UCLA

17. Baltimore Ravens
GREG ROBINSON
OT, Auburn

18. New York Jets
DAVANTE ADAMS
WR, Fresno State

19. Miami Dolphins
ZACK MARTIN
OT, Notre Dame

20. Arizona Cardinals
DEREK CARR
QB, Fresno State

21. Green Bay Packers
ERIC EBRON
TE, North Carolina

22. Philadelphia Eagles
C.J. MOSLEY
ILB, Alabama

23. Kansas City Chiefs
MARQISE LEE
WR, USC

24. Cincinnati Bengals
HA’SEAN CLINTON-DIX
S, Alabama

25. San Diego Chargers
TIMMY JERNIGAN
DT, Florida State

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
DAVID YANKEY
G, Stanford

27. New Orleans Saints
JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU
OLB, Georgia Tech

28. Carolina Panthers
JUSTIN GILBERT
CB, Oklahoma State

29. New England Patriots
LOUIS NIX III
DT, Notre Dame

30. San Francisco 49ers
JORDAN MATTHEWS
WR, Vanderbilt

31. Denver Broncos
BRADLEY ROBY
CB, Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks
JACE AMARO
TE, Texas Tech

Amaro could end up being exactly what the Seahawks need out of a first round pick.

At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, he could serve as a big target in the middle of the field for Russell Wilson and he could also serve as a run blocker for Marshawn Lynch.

At the NFL Combine, he showed that he is built like a big receiver with great hands and arms that span 34 inches.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds and is tough to bring down because of his size. In his junior season at Texas Tech, he recorded 106 receptions for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns.

Here are some highlights of the big tight end in action:

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  • Ron Grummer

    Currently Zach looks like he’s staying with the ‘Hawks for at least another season, though I’m sure that renegotiating his contract is high on the list of to-dos if it has not already been done (such are not always announced, especially with the Seahawks). Also, we have some very good TEs in development who should be making their bid for field time this season. That said “always compete” I’d love to bring in some prospects in the preseason to keep the levels and depth high. I just don’t like using high round drafts on a TE this year, unless, of course that just happens to be the best athlete on the boards at the time of our pick. This year moreso than any other in recent history, I believe we are a “best available athlete” draft team. I really would not be opposed to trading both our first and second round picks for multiple 3rd, 4rth, and 5th round picks given the demonstrated ability of our scouting staff to find quality players in these rounds.

  • Marty

    Rob Stanton and seahawksdraftblog.com just had a great piece against picking a tight end, replacing Zach with Amaro would be a lateral move at best. It seems like the point of a first round pick would be to improve in an area and it’s doubtful we get a TE who would be an improvement. While there will most likely be a good DL, OL or WR available which are all positions that could be improved on. I think Zach has proved his worth (his cap hit is much lower for the rest of the contract), Wilson deserves another year to improve, Beckum will compete and I think a FA could be brought in to compete whether that’s McCoy, Finley or someone else.

    • Esteban Rey

      Maybe its a lateral move in terms of production, but not in terms of salary or potential. But I don’t necessarily disagree that OL/DL might be a better move.