Eric Hansen of the WSBT South Bend Tribune quotes Rudolph as saying, "I finally feel back to my old self, maybe better. I feel that I have the explosiveness back that I used to have. I don't feel the pain anymore. I've gotten my stride back."
Rudolph, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 37th rated player overall , has the physical skills to translate well to the NFL. At 6-6, 259 pounds, the Irish junior has the bulk scouts are looking for in a traditional tight end and Hansen cites sources close to Rudolph who expect him to run in the "neighborhood" of the 4.6s at the workout. The Pro Day workout will be critical to Rudolph's final NFL grade. He wasn't able to work out at the Combine.
While possessing the physical tools to be successful, Rudolph was not particularly productive for the Irish. In three seasons, Rudolph posted the numbers that some of the other top tight ends of the 2011 draft class may have put up in one year (90 catches for 1,032 yards and 8 touchdowns). His sophomore season was his most productive one. Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury, Rudolph caught a career high 33 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.
Scouts love his upside but are worried about his durability. Rudolph has missed nine games over the past two seasons due to the shoulder and hamstring injuries. He was forced to undergo surgery to re-attach his right hamstring, after the muscle and surrounding tendons were ripped from the bone in the fourth game of the year (Stanford).