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Don Williams, Lubbock A-J
“It’s a great opportunity,” Amaro said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m really excited about it. I’m just glad the process is over.”
Amaro, who had realistic hopes of being a first-round selection, had to sit through Thursday’s first 32 picks without being chosen. Two other tight ends went ahead of him, but Amaro’s selection byNew Yorksoftened the blow, because he says he will fit what they want to do with their offense.
“They want to move me around and give me the ball,” he said. “Of course, (not being drafted in the first round) was frustrating, but the team that I wanted to play for was the Jets.”
Randy Lange, newyorkjets.com
Lining up predominantly in the slot, Amaro set the NCAA single-season records for tight ends with 1,352 receiving yards and 104.0 yards per game last year as a Red Raiders junior. He also notched the second-most receptions in a season by a TE with 106.
Needless to say, those numbers led all FBS players at the position last season. No. 2 in receptions, for example, was Eric Ebron, the 10th pick of the draft out of North Carolina by the Lions, who had 62 catches.
As a result of his receiving prowess, after the season he was a unanimous All-America selection, an All-Big 12 first-teamer, and a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award that goes to the best tight end in college football. After the Red Raiders’ upset win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl, he declared his intention to enter this year’s draft.
Max Olson, ESPN.com
Was it Tech’s 7-0 start last season that started to change your mind?
Bethel: That caught my attention. I was already committed to Miami, but I wanted to see how everything plays out. They told me I was going to be the only cornerback in the class, and I was at first, and then after a while I saw the secondary and defense really wasn’t producing. I was like, man, I feel like I can go to a better conference like the Big 12 and play better competition each week. They’re going to throw the ball each and every week and I can showcase my talents.
Does that excite you, to play on an island in a league full of spread offenses?
Bethel: It means a lot to me. I’m a very competitive person, no matter what. If LeBron James called me out to play one-on-one, I’d come right to him and be like, “OK, you’ve got to beat me to say you better.”