Amaro after not being picked in first round: 'You're going to regret that'

Former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro is now expected to be a second round pick in the NFL draft.  Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
Former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro is now expected to be a second round pick in the NFL draft.

Part of the marketing genius of the NFL's making the draft a three-day affair is that, after the first 32 picks are in on Thursday, there are plenty of household names -- all-Americans even -- still on the board to make Friday's coverage compelling.

One of those names will be Jace Amaro. The first round of the draft came and went without Texas Tech's unanimous All-America tight end being selected.

That wasn't a huge surprise. Of the most recent mock drafts I saw, probably more had Amaro as a second-round pick than a first-rounder.

But when you're a high-level athlete, you can use any perceived slight as motivation, and maybe that's what Amaro will do with Thursday.

Minutes after the first round's last pick was in, Amaro tweeted: "You're going to regret that. I promise with all my heart you will."

We reported earlier this week that Amaro declined an invitation to New York to be part of the proceedings at Radio City Music Hall. A big fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Amaro chose to watch Game 2 of the San Antonio-Portland series with family at an AT&T Center suite on Thursday while monitoring ESPN's coverage.

The Spurs won 114-97, and Amaro didn't miss much in regard to his own future. 

Nevertheless, he thought he had a shot to be drafted early.

When I asked Amaro this week in what range he expected to be taken, he said, "I think from what my agent and from what I've heard and all the places I've been, I guess it's fair to say a lot of teams have me as a first-round guy and a lot of people will be surprised if I slip into the second round.

"That's what I've heard and that's what people have told my agent, so I'll stand by that and feel like I have a chance to be picked in the first round." 

That didn't happen, so now Amaro will wait a little longer. Rounds 2 and 3 begin at 6 p.m. CDT today. Some team is going to get a 6-foot-5, 266-pound guy who caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

And there's plenty of opportunity for Amaro to get a team that's a good fit. He wanted that more than a specific, favorite team.

"Whatever team I wind up on," he said, "I just want it to be where ultimately I want to win a Super Bowl, make the playoffs every year, do it repeatedly. Whether it's a team that's building or a team that's already there, that's where I want to be. If it's not like that, then I plan on making it that way."

And after Thursday night, now he has a little more incentive.

 

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The pros probably looked back

The pros probably looked back at his career and saw what we all know. One good vicious hit coming across the middle and Amaro becomes shell shocked the rest of the game. He's mentally weak.

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Hello......

That was a freak hit that caused a serious injury (to his spleen). Pretty sure even you would not have been at your best after that. I wish Amaro the best. He has all the physical ability to become a great player.

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Other Red Raiders

Hoping to see some of the other Red Raiders get a shot.

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Not Denying He's good ...

I won't deny he is a good receiver but he has mental toughness issues. The spleen injury was 2 seasons ago, last season when he took hits across the middle, he was ineffective the rest of the game.

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at football realist

If you were a realist you would recognize and apply common sense that any athlete who takes a major shot across the head may not only be affected the rest of the game due to the shot/injury, but could get put out of football or into a wheelchair. It was a brutal shot, not a love tap. And he came back from it (and a lot of other rough hits that I thought would knock him out of various games). Wake up...

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maybe

Perhaps the credit card incident reared it's ugly head!!

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Looking through your red and black glasses

Go back and watch the games again Loyal without wearing your bias. Anytime he got roughed up, he became a non issue in the game. The shot in Baylor was nowhere near his head so you can't use that as an excuse. It's as if when he takes a good shot, he remembers the spleen injury and becomes timid. Wichita is on to something as well. He does have a character issue. Credit card issue, throwing a punch in a nationally televised game, not things that pro teams want to deal with.

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At Realist & Wichita

I watched all the Tech games. Amaro is a great player and ran over people. He'll be drafted today in the second round and making millions. Obviously the NFL sees far more than you....lol. Wichita has been bad mouthing Tech every time logs on for years (he's not even a Tech fan) and will reach for anything to make a negative remark. Later. Go Tech!

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@Realist

How's the weather in Austin today? Better yet, how's that new and popular coach doing? Amaro is the top receiving college tight end of all time. Just the facts. Sorry.

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Hindsight

Hey, I think Amaro might wish he would have stayed one more year. I'mean from reports its sounds like he was debating it up until the deadline. I think if he would have stayed he would be a 1st rounder for sure! I think people are looking at the fact that he was more of a receiver but, why not draft him as a receiver/ TE. There are plenty of TE's in the NFL that stand up alot. Plus, if you look at the Tuberville's last season he did block more and was a good blocker its just in this system they used more as a receiver. I think its bogus for him to not be AT LEAST the 2nd TE taken. Good luck Jace! Thanks for you time as a Red Raider!

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Congratulations Jace!

Way to go, Jace. It's an honor to be one of the Top 50 players taken in the NFL Daft. Don't listen to the haters. That just means you've had success. You make all Red Raider fans proud.

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