Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame, 6-6, 265 – Third-year junior…Two-year starter who made starts in 15 of 16 games, catching 61 passes for 692 yards and six touchdowns in that span…Prior to the 2010 season had left shoulder surgery and his season was cut short after hamstring surgery needed because two tendons holding the muscle in place ripped from the bone…Ideal intangibles and upside…One of the hardest workers on the field at all times…Has great body control and catches just about everything thrown his way, even bad passes down the seam…Has good speed and runs like a big wide receiver instead of a tight end…Excellent route runner…Never a big offensive weapon – career highs were 33 receptions, 364 yards and three TDs in a season…Doesn't have a mean streak when it comes to blocking…Durability is a big concern given his history of significant injuries…Doesn't have deep speed to stretch the seam…Doesn't make people miss when they close in…Didn't work out at the Combine.
PROJECTION: The best tight end in this class, he doesn't have the intangibles that will make him a first-round pick. Some teams will drop him because of his injury history, but he has the potential to be a big-play tight end in the right system.
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