What Ohio State TE Jeremy Ruckert Brings to the New York Jets

What Ohio State TE Jeremy Ruckert Brings to the New York Jets

The Jets didn’t necessarily need to pick a tight end in this year’s draft after addressing the position by signing two veterans in free agency.

Nonetheless, when Jets general manager Joe Douglas found himself on the clock in the third round on Friday night, he elected to take Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert with the 101st selection of the 2022 NFL Draft. 

“He’s a really tough-minded individual, a great teammate,” Douglas told reporters after making the pick. “He’s a guy that’s willing to sacrifice for the team. He’s a dynamic athlete, he’s a dynamic weapon in the pass game. He wasn’t always the number one option at Ohio State, but he was a guy that was willing to do the dirty work to help his teammates as a blocker.”

Over four years with the Buckeyes, Ruckert compiled 615 receiving yards on 54 catches. That doesn’t mean Ruckert can’t make plays in the passing game, it’s more so a product of Ohio State’s star-studded offense, a group that featured receivers like Garrett Wilson, who New York picked in the first round of this year’s draft.

“I think at the end of the day my number one goal was just doing whatever it took to help the team,” Ruckert said when asked about his college career. “I knew where I wanted to be at this point in my career and I wanted to go somewhere that would challenge me and make me be that player. So, sometimes the production and statistics might not be there, but I feel like you can produce in so many other ways and I think I did that and I got that out of being at Ohio State. I feel like we were winning, so I’m not going to complain.”

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