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4 standouts from 2022 Senior Bowl Day 1 the NY Jets could target

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2. Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Jets fans who have followed the draft at all to this point are likely very familiar with Jeremy Ruckert. A Long Island native from Lindenhurst High School, Ruckert is one of a few mid-round tight end prospects the Jets could look to target in April.

Most mock drafts have him going somewhere around the third round, although more performances like the one he put together on Tuesday could make that more of a pipe dream than anything.

Ruckert is making a legitimate case to be TE1 in this draft class, and that's the argument The Athletic's Dane Brugler proposed after watching Ruckert on Tuesday.

The former Ohio State star showed off his soft hands and big-play ability serving as a reliable underneath target while flashing his upside. The highlight of his day might have been a low pass from quarterback Carson Strong that he scraped off the turf to somehow make the catch.

Ruckert is receiving plenty of buzz in Mobile with scouts reiterating the "better pro than college player" label. It's a moniker that followed fellow former Ohio State standouts such as Michael Thomas and Terry McLaurin as well.

His lack of collegiate production could cause some teams to balk, but they'd be doing themselves a disservice. Ruckert is a lot closer to being TE1 in this year's class than most probably realize.

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