Photo of Travis Rudolph
Grade
5.51 ?
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 189LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Rudolph wasn't trying to make headlines when he decided to sit with Bo Paske at lunch during a middle school visit in August, but his actions made an autistic child, the young boy's mother, and the rest of the community very happy. He's been a class act since arriving in Tallahassee as a five-star recruit and three-time all-Florida pick, who won the Lou Groza Awards High School Player of the Year as a senior. Rudolph played in 13 games as a freshman, starting six contests and making 38 catches for 555 yards and four scores. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection as the team's leading receiver in 2015 (59-916, seven TDs) and starring against Houston (7-201, TD) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Rudolph was named second-team all-conference as a junior, again leading the Seminoles in receiving (56-840, seven TDs).

Analysis

Strengths

Solid route runner. Sinks his hips into breaks and rarely gives his route intentions away with early head turn. Routes are run with good tempo and consistency. Glides into his routes with smooth acceleration. Disguises comeback routes effectively against man coverage. Opens quickly to the ball and plucks it away from his body. Has very natural hands with desired catch radius. Silky worker near the sidelines. Ball skills are good. Makes adjustments back to the ball on underthrown balls and picks up the ball quickly. His footwork is controlled and his body control and balance are on point. Had 14.3 percent of his catches this season go for 25-plus yards. More than willing to do his part as a run blocker and won't just try and shield cornerbacks away from the play.

Weaknesses

May not have enough early juice out of his release to get a clean outside release against press corners. His stop-start acceleration is nothing special. Missing the short-area quickness to accelerate out of his breaks to uncover in tight spaces underneath. Works up to top speed quickly, but lacks a straight gas gear. Unable to access a big burst to run under the deep ball once he's open. Lacks a quality sales job on his double moves. Needs to improve play strength to help with contested catches on the next level. Average run-after-catch talent.

NFL Comparison

Rashad Greene

Bottom Line

Rudolph may not be a burner, but he consistently plays at his top speed and displays some polish in his route work. He doesn't have the explosive feet to uncover on shorter routes, but is more than capable of handling intermediate and some deep work. Rudolph will need to get stronger, but he's already a willing blocker in the run game which helps his cause. Could be an early backup who works himself into snaps fairly quickly.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.