There is always the draft to build through.
The 2022 NFL Draft has plenty of depth at the tight end position this year. There is one guy that stands out that has a chance to fall to the Chiefs on day two or three if they are looking to spend capital on another tight end. This player goes by the name of Jeremy Ruckert.
Jeremy Ruckert is a tight end out of Ohio State University. Ruckert stands at 6’5” and weighs in at 250 lbs. Over his four year career for the Buckeyes, he has played in just twenty six total games totaling fifty four receptions, six hundred fifteen yards, and twelve touchdowns. Playing for a University that is more known for its production of wide receivers and running backs, Ruckert was a guy overlooked in the mix of other NFL prospects on the roster.
While Ruckert is still a raw prospect in terms of development, he is a well rounded tight end. He shows the ability to reach out for the football when it comes his way and pull it into his body as he’s making the catch. His large frame allows him to get out and block on the edge against defensive ends and backers. Though he won’t be one to turn on the burners and blow by you in the open field, he does show the ability to tuck the ball and turn up field for extra yards and gives you a big body inside the redzone to go up and get the football.
The tale of the tape on this prospect shows a growing athlete that needs guidance and a role model to follow and learn what it takes to be a professional at the position. Most tight ends tend to be more than just an overnight fix when they get into the NFL and Ruckert would fall right into that description. While his ceiling is very high on the player he could be, the right coaching staff and surrounding talent could bring the best out of this prospect.