Kyle Rudolph Scouting Report

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Kyle Rudolph Scouting Report

Position: TE
Conference: Independent
School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #9
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 265 lbs.
Drafted 2.11 in 2011 by MIN

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

Timing will be everything for Kyle Rudolph. The 6-6 tight end out of Notre Dame has been considered the best draft eligible tight end in this class for a long time, despite just being a junior. However, he struggled through the first six games of the season with a hamstring injury and caught just 28 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Then the hamstring went from a nagging injury to a season ending injury against Pittsburgh.

The time it takes to come back from such a surgery is usually about six months. That puts Rudolph's timeline right in the middle of April. He does not need to be at 100 percent to enter the draft early, but he needs to be well on his way to recovery to take that risk when the draft deadline approaches. Rudolph is talented enough that NFL teams will look past the injury, but his stock would slip if he cannot do any full workouts prior to the draft.

It remains to be seen how close Rudolph will be to a full recovery before the draft, but this is not the first case of an injured player heading to the NFL early and getting drafted in the first round. Half of Oklahoma's team, give or take, did it last year. Rudolph has proven to be that good of a tight end and getting out of Notre Dame right now would not be the worst idea for Rudolph's future.

3/15 Update: Kyle Rudolph is all healed up from his hamstring injury and is ready to show off for scouts at Notre Dame's pro day on April 7th. He is easily the best tight end in this class and has the size and pass catching abilities that NFL teams like to see out of tight ends these days. With a good pro day, he could be a late first round selection.

Last Updated Mar-15-2011 by Joel Welser

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