Kyle Rudolph scouting report

Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 265

Prototypical build for a tight end. A big target with fairly reliable hands. Knows how to use his body to shield defenders and give the quarterback a nice target. Decent speed for a tight end; won’t stretch the field but has enough speed to make things happen after the catch. A great red zone target. Has the size and strength to become a dominant blocker.
Blocking technique needs work. The potential is there, but he was mostly used as a receiver at Notre Dame. Lacks the elite athleticism that some teams prefer in tight ends these days. Suffered a separated shoulder which required surgery prior to 2010 season. Missed most of 2010 season with severe hamstring injury (muscle detached from bone) which also required surgery.
If not for the injury concerns, Rudolph would be a 1st-round lock. He’s a rare blend of size, strength and speed which makes him a very intriguing prospect and could be a steal if he falls into the 2nd or 3rd round. He reminds me of Jason Witten – a player who lacks the elite physical tools to stretch the field, but is a very reliable receiver who knows how to use his size and strength to his advantage. If teams aren’t concerned about his injuries, he could still wind up in the 1st round.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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