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Kyle Rudolph goes to Minnesota

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In the first round of the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings took the man they hope will be their quarterback of the future, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. Now they’ve given Ponder a big target.

Minnesota took Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph in the second round, 43rd overall.

Although Rudolph was limited by a hamstring injury in 2010, he was a big-play receiver when he was at full speed. He started 28 games in three years in college and had 90 catches for 1,032 yards and eight touchdowns for the Fighting Irish.

The 6-6, 265-pound Rudolph should make an immediate contribution to the Vikings’ offense, and Minnesota will hope he’s paired with Ponder for a long time.

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19 Responses to “Kyle Rudolph goes to Minnesota”
  1. airraid77 says: Apr 29, 2011 7:11 PM

    smartest pick the vikings have made in about 15 years…..

  2. goombar2 says: Apr 29, 2011 7:12 PM

    Smartest thing the vikes have done in awhile… Say goodbye Stinko, or however you want you name pronounced today.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Apr 29, 2011 7:26 PM

    Best player available.

  4. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 29, 2011 7:33 PM

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while…

  5. dcviking says: Apr 29, 2011 8:02 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 29, 2011 7:33 PM

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while…
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    Is that how your mother met your dad?

  6. ugk612 says: Apr 29, 2011 8:33 PM

    I like the pick, a young qb..a young te..Harvin..Peterson. Let’s hope this works, I would like to see them address the o-line & defense now.

  7. reddskeletor says: Apr 29, 2011 8:53 PM

    airraid77 says: Apr 29, 2011 7:11 PM

    smartest pick the vikings have made in about 15 years…..
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    So Adrian Peterson was a dumb pick?

  8. JimmySmith says: Apr 29, 2011 8:59 PM

    Great, the Vikings get a QB and now a TE. Who is going to block so that Ponder can throw to Rudolph?

    The O line is Swiss cheese and only getting older. Maybe they draft an O lineman in the third round. Oh, wait, they traded away that pick, sorry.

  9. hobartbaker says: Apr 29, 2011 8:59 PM

    Too bad they didn’t do that a year ago to help Favre out. Skank Ho was awful, along with Berrian.

  10. thegreenviking says: Apr 29, 2011 9:07 PM

    Two TE west coast offense here we come. Will be fun to watch.

  11. m4carrol says: Apr 29, 2011 9:10 PM

    he is a good player, but they still need to adress the secondary.

    And the all North teams need to play outdoors. I am also talking to you Lions

  12. The Doctor says: Apr 29, 2011 9:59 PM

    Secondary will be fine. Cook and Griffin will do the job. Hope to move Winfield to saftey and let the others battle out for the other saftey spot.

  13. tombradysponytail says: Apr 29, 2011 10:52 PM

    What’s the word on who the vikes took with their 3rd round pick? Nobody seems to be reporting it…

  14. buhbay1c says: Apr 30, 2011 4:39 AM

    JimmySmith says
    Great, the Vikings get a QB and now a TE. Who is going to block so that Ponder can throw to Rudolph?

    The O line is Swiss cheese and only getting older. Maybe they draft an O lineman in the third round. Oh, wait, they traded away that pick, sorry.

    I think they’re switching to a double TE set to take advantage of the short, spazzy guy with long hair that serves no purpose other than rushing the passer. It will be fun to watch #52 try to cover a guy that’s 6’6. Who needs o-line help when you take a team’s best 3-4 linebacker out of the picture?

  15. ap18ad says: Apr 30, 2011 5:24 AM

    The Vikings gave up their 3 round pick last season for Randy Moss but they have 7 picks left in the final four rounds. And they guy who said this is the only good pick in 15 years is retarded
    Percy Harvin Offensive Rookie of the year and Adrian Peterson. Also Moss was only 13 years ago and that was a steal at pick #20.

  16. okemon says: Apr 30, 2011 5:55 AM

    I like the first two picks….. we will see a lot of two TE formations…. the great thing about this Kid is he blocks well and catches well…. I see many big plays in the future with rudolph splitting out after a block and ponder dumping it to him.

    And of course i like the Ponder/Harvin connection.

  17. pervyharvin says: Apr 30, 2011 10:30 AM

    The Vikings know what they are doing. Ever consider the free agents they may want to target? I’m sure the line will be addressed Jimmy you Packer knob.Rudolph is a stud, love the pick.

  18. ejmat2 says: May 1, 2011 8:06 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Apr 29, 2011 7:33 PM
    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while…
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    Funny! Haven’t the Vikings picked the Rookie of the Year 2 of the last 4 drafts? Nice try!

  19. brewdogg says: May 3, 2011 11:59 AM

    The Doctor says:
    Apr 29, 2011 9:59 PM
    Secondary will be fine. Cook and Griffin will do the job. Hope to move Winfield to saftey and let the others battle out for the other saftey spot.
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    That would be nice….. I’ve been wanting to move Winfield to the back end for years. Maybe the Burton pick signals that Winfield has finally agreed to it. Who knows….. All I can say is they need a centerfielder, and Mistral Raymond isn’t going to be it. But I think Will Hill went undrafted….. At least he has the range to cover the back end.

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