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NY Jets: 4 tight ends to target early in the 2022 NFL Draft

NY Jets, Jeremy Ruckert
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NY Jets, Jeremy Ruckert
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2. Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

If the Jets are looking for a hometown hero to add to their tight end room, Ohio State's Jeremy Ruckert is an obvious target.

The pride of Lindenhurst, the Long Island native had offers from over a dozen high-profile FBS schools including Alabama and Notre Dame, but chose to attend Ohio State.

At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Ruckert has excellent size for the position and perhaps the largest wingspan of any tight end in this class. His catch radius is what allows him to truly stand out as a prospect.

Ruckert has a knack for catching any and everything thrown his way with numerous highlight-reel, one-handed grabs to his name. However, despite his impressive receiving traits, he doesn't have an overwhelming amount of experience in that era.

Ruckert has oftentimes been rendered somewhat of an afterthought in Ohio State's stacked offense and he entered the 2021 season with just 28 catches to his credit.

His production has increased as a senior, but his lack of usage will likely be held against him by NFL teams. Makes no mistake, however, Ruckert has proven that he could be a reliable every-down tight end.

He's a willing blocker, an above-average athlete, and has likely the best catch radius in this class. Ruckert makes a ton of sense for the Jets as a potential top-50 pick.

As a personal side note, I played against Ruckert in high school so I'd be pretty stoked if they drafted him.

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