3 Jets Draft Picks Who Are Officially Busts Following 2023 Season

These three New York Jets draft picks are more than deserving of the bust label following the 2023 NFL season.
QB Zach Wilson is one of three Jets draft busts from the last few years.
QB Zach Wilson is one of three Jets draft busts from the last few years. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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3. TE Jeremy Ruckert — 2022 Round 3, Pick 101

After production from the tight end room was non-existent in 2021, the Jets used a third-round pick at the 2022 draft to select Jeremy Ruckert out of Ohio State. The former Buckeye never put up huge numbers in college, but he did tally 12 touchdowns on 53 catches (nearly a TD every four receptions) while adding 602 receiving yards across his final three seasons.

As a rookie, Ruckert didn't see a ton of opportunities on offense. He was targeted just twice for one eight-yard reception while only logging 46 offensive snaps across nine games without a start. He spent the rest of the year on special teams where he played a total of 101 snaps.

While the 23-year-old saw more offensive opportunities in Year 2, his production wasn't exactly eye-popping. Ruckert was targeted 22 times in 15 games (6 starts), catching 16 balls for 151 yards without a touchdown. When the dust settled, the ex-Ohio State pass-catcher had a 32% share of offensive snaps compared to 48% on special teams.

Ruckert's 2023 performance wouldn't have been as disappointing if he had more success as a blocker. Pro Football Focus graded him a putrid 36.3 in terms of pass-blocking and 55.0 as a run-blocker. For comparison, he carried grades of 78.5 and 78.0, respectively, in his rookie year.

Ruckert already looks like a third-round bust after two seasons. A third underwhelming performance would be disastrous for his playing future.

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