Kyle Rudolph missed much of his junior season with a hamstring injury before finally undergoing surgery. While the former Notre Dame tight end insists that his hamstring is now 100 percent, his overall conditioning has suffered and he has decided not to to participate in workouts at the NFL Combine, although he's interviewing with teams and undergoing medical examinations.
Despite the injury, he's considered by many to be the top tight end prospect in the 2011 draft.
"My greatest strength is just to be a complete tight end, a tight end who can hold the point and block at the line scrimmage as well as a tight end who can get down field and catch balls," he said. "I'm a tight end who can play on all down."
Rudolph says he stays in close touch with former Notre Dame tight ends John Carlson, now with the Seahawks, and the Dolphins' Anthony Fasano.
"Every time I visited Notre Dame I was stuck with John," he said. "I was at his hip and everything I did I followed John. It's a great compliment whenever anybody compares me to John Carlson because he was so successful at Notre Dame and has been successful in the NFL, and he does it the right way. He's a good guy, he keeps his nose clean and he does things the right way.