BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two years. Led Missouri in receiving as a senior with career-high numbers of 84/834/8. Junior-year totals included 53/511/5.
POSITIVES: Effective pass-catching tight end with a good degree of upside. Displays natural receiving skills and adjusts to the errant throw, reaching back to grab the ball and making the reception in stride. Effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents and to protect the pass. Comes back to the ball, works to make himself an available target, and effectively catches the pass with his hands.
NEGATIVES: Does not show consistent focus or concentration on the field. Marginal blocker and lacks intensity.
ANALYSIS: Rucker possesses the physical skills to be a starting tight end in the NFL. He must significantly improve his blocking and polish the rough edges of his game to achieve the results he is capable of generating.