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5 tight ends the NY Jets should watch at the Senior Bowl

Brian Newsome
NY Jets, Trey McBride
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NY Jets, Jeremy Ruckert
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3. Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Playing in an offense that featured All-American running back Breece Hall, Charlie Kolar made the most of his opportunities and finished with an impressive stat line (62 catches, 756 yards, six touchdowns).

The Iowa State product has an excellent feel for soft spots in zone defenses and knows how to use his body to generate separation from defenders.

With great size at 6-foot-6 260 pounds, Kolar is a dynamic receiving threat who capitalizes on opportunities to make plays downfield and in the red zone.

Kolar would step in as the Jets’ most dynamic tight end from Day 1 and provide Zach Wilson with an explosive target in the passing game.

2. Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

Jeremy Ruckert is a player whose draft stock will be higher on teams’ draft boards than the average fan might think.

In an Ohio State offense with many high-caliber receivers and running backs over the last few years, Ruckert did not get many opportunities to showcase his explosiveness during his tenure in Columbus.

However, Ruckert is a dynamic receiving threat who is very athletic for his size at 6-foot-5 250 pounds and is serviceable when tasked with putting his hand in the ground to block on the line.

At just 21-years-old (will not turn 22 until August), Ruckert’s upside is incredible and could develop into a plus starter at the position if placed in a suitable scheme.

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