Round 3, 90th Overall: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
The Jonnu Smith departure wasn’t a good one for the Tennessee Titans offense, and Anthony Firkser departed this offseason. Tennessee did bring in Austin Hooper, but that feels like a veteran addition rather than a true solution at the position.
Jeremy Ruckert didn’t have a productive career at Ohio State, but that was largely in part due to the incredible receivers the Buckeyes had. Ruckert impacts both facets of the game on offense. He’s a tough blocker as an inline tight end, and runs crisp routes as a receiving, showing off good hands and catch through contact ability.
Round 4, 131st Overall: Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
Yes, Robert Woods can likely play a lot in the slot, but he’s still an effective “Z” receiver when he returns from injury. So, why not add a true slot here?
Kyle Philips handled the slot incredibly well for the UCLA Bruins. The first thing that stands out is his ability to stem at defenders, attack leverage, and open up throwing lanes as a route runner. He’s detailed in his approach to move defenders. Philips is also a fabulous blocker, and will be able to get on the field in the “11” personnel run package. He also stays creative after the catch and can make big plays for the offense.