Dallas Cowboys 2022 7-Round Mock Draft: Dallas trades back and surprises

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Dallas Cowboys (Round 3, Pick 88)

Jeremy Ruckert, TE

Ohio State

PFF Ranking: 120, Brugler Ranking: 63, TDN Ranking: 82

The Dallas Cowboys are definitely honing in at the tight end position here in the third round. They met with Cade Otton, Jelani Woods, Isaiah Likely, and Ruckert who all expected to go in this territory. With Likely and Woods off the board Dallas goes with Ruckert at Pick 88.

Jeremy Ruckert is a pro ready blocker. Every week he offers up highlight reel blocks and creates extra opportunities most TEs cannot. At 6-foot-5, 247lbs, he’s the complete package at TE. He can play inside or flexed in the slot and be effective in both phases of the game.

As the fifth or even sixth option on that loaded OSU team, Ruckert wasn’t thrown to often, but when he was he showed it wasn’t because of any limitations on his end.


The Dallas Cowboys need to get through Day 2 with a fairly polished prospect at TE. Dalton Schultz is only under contract (franchise tag) this year and TE is one of the hardest positions to groom. They can’t afford a long-term project which is why Ruckert and Otton are so darn attractive here.

With Blake Jarwin gone the Cowboys need someone good enough to step in and play TE2 immediately. Kellen Moore likes to use his TEs creatively in his formations and will need someone competent in both phases of the game.

All four of the TEs they’ve met with have ceilings at or above that of Dalton Schultz. They are weapons who can help right away to varying degrees and have a multitude of offerings down the field.