5 Biggest Texas Tech football NFL Draft busts

With the NFL Combine under way in Indianapolis, football fans across America will soon be turning their attention to the NFL Draft. So let's take a look at five Texas Tech football players who were busts after being high picks.

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No. 4: TE Jace Amaro

If there was one player I've seen play for the Red Raiders who I would have bet on being a great NFL player, it would have been tight end Jace Amaro. However, a bad situation and injuries combined to render him an NFL bust.

An entire generation of Red Raider football fans had never seen someone with Amaro's combination of size (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) and speed and at the college level, once he was finally healthy, he was able to dominate the Big 12 putting up 106 catches, 1,352 yards, and 7 TDs in his final year in Lubbock (2013).

Leaving school as a junior, he went to the New York Jets with the No. 49 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2014 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was solid with 38 receptions for 345 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

However, prior to the 2015 season, he tore his labrum costing him the entire season. He was then cut by the franchise just prior to the 2016 season.

After that, Amaro tried to catch on with the Tennessee Titans. That year, he saw action in only three games catching three passes for 59 yards. He was then waived before the start of the 2017 season.

One has to wonder if Amaro had landed with a team that had a better QB and offense than the Jets had at the time and if he had been able to stay healthy if he would have proven to be a solid NFL player. Unfortunately, we'll never know and instead, he is considered an NFL bust.