On March 14th, Texas Tech football hosted scouts from all 32 NFL teams for the duration of it’s annual pro-day event.
Inside both the Tech weight room and Jones AT&T Stadium, 13 Red Raiders displayed their athleticism for scouts in hopes of improving their draft stock. The NFL hopefuls took part in the vertical jump, 40-yard dash, and bench press, as well as a few position-specific drills.
Jace Amaro, the main attraction of Tech’s pro-day, improved his 40-yard dash time and his vertical jump over those previously recorded at the NFL combine. Amaro shaved almost a full tenth of a second off his combine time of 4.74, clocking in at a 4.68, and jumped 3 1/2 inches higher in the vertical jump. Additionally, Amaro cleaned up his route running and dropped fewer balls in his position drills. Overall, his performance resembled the All American caliber player he is, and made the NFL scouts’ trip out to Lubbock worth it.
Amaro said a 49ers scout compared him to Vernon Davis, a two-time Pro-Bowl selection and one of the leagues best tight ends.
“He was just telling me how I resemble Davis a lot and what he did and what he does still,” Amaro told reporters, “so he’s excited to see if I end up falling to the 49ers.”
On defense, prospects Kerry Hyder and Bruce Jones had the most impressive performances.
Hyder, the former star along the defensive line, showed versatility on pro-day. Weighing in at 280 pounds, 10 pounds lighter than his combine appearance, Hyder shaved a tenth of a second off his time in the 40-yard dash, clocking in at five seconds flat. Hyder is projected to be the second Red Raider drafted after Amaro.
Jones, the 5-foot-7, 183-pound undersized defensive back demanded the scout’s attention. Jones ran a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, the fastest time of the day. He also jumped higher than any other participating Red Raider, leaping 41 inches into the air.
The 2014 NFL draft is set to take place May 8th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.