Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro was selected 49th by the New York Jets in the Friday night portion of the NFL Draft. From watching the video, it appeared that the Jets fans actually cheered, which is something that nevere happened. The video is great, you have Kenny Williams and Davis Webb there at Amaro's home (via Texas Tech).
Amaro caught 106 passes as a junior for 1,352 yards and 7 touchdowns. Amaro is a unique athlete, especially for Texas Tech, and continually found a way to get open as there were only 3 games all year where he had less than 6 receptions, SMU, where he had 3 receptions, Baylor, where he had 4 receptions and Texas, where he had 6 receptions. Every other game, Amaro amassed at least 8 catches a game and had 6 100+ yard receiving games for the year.
Amaro talked about how he thought he was a first round pick and wanted to prove people wrong (via Newsday):
"I wouldn’t have left school if I didn’t know that I was going to be taken in the first round," he told ESPN radio host Dave Rothenberg. "So of course I’m going to be coming in there with a big chip on my shoulder and proving a lot of people wrong. …I plan on showcasing my skills and proving I’m the best TE prospect in this class and ultimately to be the best tight end in the NFL."
"I think we’re very similar," Amaro said. "But he ended being a top-10 pick and I didn’t, so really the only thing I can do is show them why I should have been there, and that’s really all I have to say about that."