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Kyle Rudolph runs 4.78 at Pro Day

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The top-ranked tight end in this year’s draft class ran a 4.78 and 4.8 forty-yard dash at his Pro Day on Thursday, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rudolph is recovering from a torn hamstring that ended his junior season early, so it was important to show he was healthy.  It’s not a great time, but it’s also not that surprising.  Rudolph is more in the mold of Zach Miller and Marcedes Lewis, guys who didn’t burn up the track when they were coming out of school.

“Everyone came away with a buzz about how good his hands are,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer after the session.

The goal on Thursday was to show he’s healthy and it looks like he did that.  Mayock believes Rudolph is a “first-round talent” and the Falcons could make some sense as a landing spot at pick No. 27.

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26 Responses to “Kyle Rudolph runs 4.78 at Pro Day”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 7, 2011 4:15 PM

    Rudolph The One Legged Domer.

  2. patriotsdefense says: Apr 7, 2011 4:21 PM

    hahaha. i heard this guy on the radio say he was more talented that Rob Gronkowski and a better dresser. Well, he may have a point with the latter point but wow 4.8! Rob Gronkowski ran a 4.59 after sitting out an entire year with a back injury. So Kyle, how does Rob’s [expletive] taste?

  3. radrhatr says: Apr 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    proof of how far that school has went down hill. Last year’s top pick was Golden Tate and this years is Kyle Rudolph. Both 2nd round picks.

  4. toonsterwu says: Apr 7, 2011 4:27 PM

    The time is solid enough for him. He was never really viewed as a seam stretcher in the Vernon Davis mold, but more in the mold of a well-rounded TE like a Heath Miller. He has enough quickness for a TE and excellent hands. Add in decent-solid blocking capability, and he should have a solid career as a starting TE. Will he go in the first? Somewhat depends on runs at other positions. I could see him slip to the early 2nd, but he won’t fall that far.

  5. paulitik74 says: Apr 7, 2011 4:28 PM

    I’d rather the Falcons move back from 27 to the early 2nd. If Rudolph is there, I’d be all about it. the value is in the 2nd this year.

  6. ottomanismydog says: Apr 7, 2011 4:28 PM

    Reminds me of Heath Miller. Miller was coming off of a sports hernia, which caused his stock to drop. Couldn’t of worked out better for Miller. Pittsburgh drafted him and he has developed into one of the premier all-around tight ends in the NFL.

  7. andyreidcarboload says: Apr 7, 2011 4:30 PM

    Would love to see Rudolph in a Giants uniform. Too many pressing needs before TE though.

  8. teambringitstrong says: Apr 7, 2011 4:35 PM

    Miss Rudolph, Miss Rudolph what about the monkey?

  9. scooter77777 says: Apr 7, 2011 4:36 PM

    4.78 is very slow.I dont think he goes in the first rnd at all now.

  10. cuzz4169 says: Apr 7, 2011 4:41 PM

    hahaha. i heard this guy on the radio say he was more talented that Rob Gronkowski and a better dresser. Well, he may have a point with the latter point but wow 4.8! Rob Gronkowski ran a 4.59 after sitting out an entire year with a back injury. So Kyle, how does Rob’s [expletive] taste?
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    What did Rob Gronkowski do beside’s catch 5 yard td passes from Brady? I can do that. And he’s not the best TE on his team. Rudolph will be better than Gronkowski.

  11. nabz034 says: Apr 7, 2011 4:47 PM

    radrhatr says:
    Apr 7, 2011 4:25 PM
    proof of how far that school has went down hill. Last year’s top pick was Golden Tate and this years is Kyle Rudolph. Both 2nd round picks.

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    This comment makes no sense whatsoever. 2nd rd picks are not the same as 7th rd picks, meaning to have players drafted that high would be indicative that the school is putting out good atheletes. Don’t forget, Clausen was a 2nd rounder too as bad as he sucks.

  12. bigd4defense says: Apr 7, 2011 4:50 PM

    that’s kind of funny, but c’mon Hobart. lol

  13. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 7, 2011 4:50 PM

    @ ottomanismydog: Heath Miller is a 2nd tier TE on his best day.

    Rudolph is still a 2nd round pick.

  14. cardsmac says: Apr 7, 2011 4:52 PM

    I would love it if he fell to the cardinals in the 2nd round

  15. rooneyruleblues says: Apr 7, 2011 4:57 PM

    I really hope nobody is stupid enough to really believe this.

  16. irishgary says: Apr 7, 2011 4:59 PM

    @radrhatr

    Pretty obvious you did not attend college with that grammar.

  17. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Apr 7, 2011 5:16 PM

    lol its hilarious that you worthless haters have nothing to do but Trash Rudy..one excellent athlete, a great student, and an even better character. The most amusing however, IS HOW MANY OF YOU FORGET THAT HE OUTRAN THE ENTIRE MICHIGAN DEFENSE ON THAT ONE LEG…HAHAHAHAHHAHA

  18. scoob766 says: Apr 7, 2011 5:20 PM

    @patriotsdefense, what was your point on that comment? Saying it was dumb is doing you justice. Rob G isn’t good, he’s not even the best TE on that team. Aaron Hernandez is. This kid obviously has more potential and that’s why he is a 1st round talent. Are you still mad about 16-1? Or getting whooped by the all talk Jets?

  19. thefiesty1 says: Apr 7, 2011 5:54 PM

    Tooooo slooooow! Maybe a third or fourth.

  20. danfitzger says: Apr 7, 2011 7:21 PM

    Chris Cooley ran 4.74 at his Pro Day. Speed isn’t necessarily required

  21. patriotsdefense says: Apr 7, 2011 7:40 PM

    All you haters can hate. Gronk had 10 TDs, 546 yards on 42 catches as a rookie. 13.0 yards average per catch. Tape dont lie, all you ND fanatics can *bleep* yourself on the fact that you only got 4 first round picks since 1995. All were busts. You team is living off of manufactured glory. Gronk is a beasts.

  22. andyreidisfat says: Apr 7, 2011 7:45 PM

    I love this guy and if the Eagles biggest need was TE i would want them to be all over this guy. He reminds me a lot of Witten though he may be a better blocker down the field than Witten.

    Ayone who thinks his time is to slow is a moron. Look at how many TE’s ran in this time area and see how well they play. Remember folks 40 time has nothing to do with speed and ability on the field, ask Heyward-bay and others whos time were super fast and yet they never had the ability to put it together on the field.

    I think Kyle would fit in very well with Atlanta though i think they have more pressing needs with their first but maybe as a trade up in the second. I think the teams he would fit with the best is the Ravens and the Giants ( I hope he doesn’t go to the giants as an eagles fan)

  23. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 7, 2011 8:08 PM

    I wish everyone would stop harping on 40 times. It’s well known Jerry Rice didn’t run well and some guy the Vikings drafted was fast as lightening, but couldn’t catch a cold. Earnedt Byner told me, at a ‘Skins high school camp, after we all ran bad 40’s that he ran a 4.7 and it wasn’t about 40 times, but about desire, short burst speed and quickness. “Want to” was also something he mentioned. I wish PFT would put a little common sense into the media conversation about this.

  24. heisthejuan says: Apr 7, 2011 9:02 PM

    His hamstring is probably still healing some. Given his size and apparently good hands, he should still be dangerous at 4.7ish speed.

    Gronkowski was a beast last year. Like Rudolph, he had first round talent, but slipped to injury concerns and landed in a great situation. If a team can get Rudolph to come in and contribute at a similar level, they’ll be extremely happy.

  25. henryjones20 says: Apr 7, 2011 9:39 PM

    but what was his wonderlic score?! 4 a small fee,i demand 2 know

  26. miaminick says: Apr 8, 2011 3:31 PM

    Anthony Fasano 2.0

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