Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
Jeremy Ruckert possesses every trait that you look for in a modern-day tight end. He never put up eye-popping stats at Ohio State, but it’s hard to hold that against him considering the slew of talent constantly on display at the wide receiver position in Columbus. Still, he flashed enough of a red-zone prowess and tested extremely well this offseason to give evaluators a reason to believe he is capable of being a steady contributor in the pass game. Add in the fact that he is as good as any at blocking and he gives the Giants a guy that will immediately challenge Ricky Seals-Jones for first team reps. New head coach Brian Daboll featured Dawson Knox in a big way in 2021, and Ruckert can step in and fill that role.
Zach Tom, OL, Wake Forest
Zach Tom spent time at nearly every position on the offensive line during his time with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He played at left tackle, guard, and even center. Tom did not play as well on the outside as he did the inside, and I see that being the case in the NFL too. However, as an interior lineman, his upside is immense. Feliciano looks to be in line for the starting gig at center in 2022, but with Nick Gates’ future in question, Tom could serve as the center of the future in 2023 and beyond.
Ja’Tyre Carter, OL, Southern
Ja’Tyre Carter is an HBCU prospect that has steadily increased his draft stock throughout the offseason process. Carter profiles as an eventual starter on the interior of the offensive line, with a high floor as a depth piece as the worst case scenario. He solidified his draft status after an impressive showing at the Southern Pro-Day. Look for the Giants to target Carter in the early portion of day three.
Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland
Chigoziem Okonkwo was a very little-known prospect, that is, until the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis came around. The former Maryland Terrapin set the pace for tight ends, blazing an unreal 4.52 40-yard dash at 238 pounds. He is as raw as they come, but the upside he brings to the roster is unparalleled by any tight end currently under contract. Okonkwo has all the tools to be a star if he learns how to put them together.