Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
|TE - #12||88.08||MIN||Probable||4 years||24||6'6||258||@KyleRudolph82|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-23-2014 by Rob Warner
BOUNCE-BACK CANDIDATE: Fantasy owners would be wise not to sleep on Kyle Rudolph as he should rebound from an injury-plagued season that saw the Notre Dame alum miss eight games due to a broken left foot. Rudolph had nine touchdowns in 2012 and should become a focal point of the passing game under newly-hired offensive coordinator Norv Turner (who worked wonders with Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates). Rudolph, at just 24 years of age, is a great target in dynasty leagues and his ability to excel in the red zone gives him a chance to flirt with Top 5 production -- decent value at his current 97.27 ADP (TE10). In 2013, Turner utilized "12" personnel (a two tight-end formation) on 37-percent of the offensive snaps in Cleveland – second most in the NFL.
Certainly, Adrian Peterson has no problem with carrying the rock whenever his name is called. He's done it about 300 times for seven years, even when defenses knew full well what was coming. However, with playmakers such as Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the outside and with aggressive play-caller Norv Turner designing things, Peterson thinks the 2014 Vikings will be very difficult to defend.
"Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable," Peterson told reporters Monday. "I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile."
The Vikings will still be a run-first offense, but it's clear they have a lot more talent on that side of the ball than in years past. With Patterson, Jennings, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defenses can't really sell out to stop Peterson. However, quarterback competency will play a big role in that, so the hope is Matt Cassel and/or Teddy Bridgewater can perform well enough to stop defenses from putting eight and nine men in the box, all of them focused on the former MVP. Gone are the days when the Vikings had to give a lot of starts to the likes of Bernard Berrian, Michael Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, or Visanthe Shiancoe. Peterson has seen plenty of those days and is excited to move on.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/28 - RB Adrian Peterson says Vikings' offense won't be as predictable
7/27 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already getting first-team reps
7/27 - Vikings ink TE Kyle Rudolph to 5-year, $36.5 million extension
7/19 - Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph 'should have a big year'
7/9 - Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph learning from OC Norv Turner's past
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|9.05||DLF.com - TheFFGhost - With Ponder's lack of arm strength, Harvin's departure from Minnesota and Rudolph's continuing comfort with the pro game I think Rudolph will be a big beneficiary of this situation. I expect a big year from him and possible emergence as an elite tight end.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|8.05||Draft TV - Another end of my tier player. Kyle Rudolph gets a bad rap due to his QB but he is the only receiving red zone threat they have. I see yardage improvement and even more targets. That would make for a fine TE1|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|7.04||FFToday - ... nope. I'm still in the dark with no access to the interweb. :sigh: I do like the Minnesota tight end but would not have chosen him here in the 7th round. I would've likely taken the Lawfirm or WR Miles Austin with this pick.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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