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PRO 2017 Dynasty Rookie Spotlight: Travis Rudolph, WR Florida State

Travis Rudolph, WR Florida State
Height: 5’11 3/4″
Weight: 189
Hand: 9 1/4″
Arm: 31 7/8″

40-yard dash: 4.65
NFL Comparison: Robert Woods


– was Rivals’ No. 1 WR in the entire country and a five-star recruit in 2014

– left FSU after his junior season after a 35-game streak of recording at least one reception

– not overly impressive in any one physical characteristic, though – much like fellow 2017 prospect Isaiah Ford, Rudolph is big, fast and long enough to play the role of a true X WR in college, but lacks the elite measurables to project the same way forward with much certainty

– greatest gift as a football player is his ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands after catch; it’s like a magician the way that would-be tacklers just fall off the guy; he’s consistently making so much more of his opportunities as a player with the ball in hands than seems even remotely reasonable

– has shown the ability to absolutely take over a college game when peppered with volume, like in 2016 versus Wake Forest:

– nice ability to sink hips into cuts and glide into route stems; overall movements seem more fluid, smooth and efficient than they do purely explosive

– excellent footwork coming into route-transition points; gets good corners to bite in the wrong direction or become hesitant to react to him with too much confidence; uses it against DBs to consistently create adequate separation

– even going back to high school, if you watch some his highlights from one-on-ones at The Opening, the smooth feet are very evident as a characteristic of his game

– character seems excellent, was all over the media during his junior season regarding a mother’s viral facebook post about Rudolph coming to have lunch with her autistic son

– tough player who isn’t scared to cross the middle and doesn’t often get alligator arms in the games reviewed

– had issues with drops in his freshman and sophomore seasons, but seemed to get that under control for his final year at FSU

– in all, Rudolph seems like a very good prospect whose whose sessions in Indy will be important in our complete evaluation; hopefully, RosterWatch will be able to get eyes on him live twice, both in Indy and also at FSU pro day during the 2017 RW Pro Day Tour if scheduling permits; he’s drawn comparisons to Rashad Greene in Tallahassee and it’s reasonable to expect a similar transition to the slot in the NFL; as we’ve seen in cases such as Jarvis Landry, smooth feet and a scrappy mentality can go a long way in PPR leagues


FROM THE FSU ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

2016: Florida State’s top receiver for a second-consecutive season, finished the season with 56 catches for 840 yards and seven receiving touchdowns…prior to the Orange Bowl with a receiving touchdown in four consecutive games, the third Nole under Jimbo Fisher to do so…his seven receiving touchdowns tie his mark from 2015…added three catches for 33 yards in the Orange Bowl…left FSU with a streak of 35 games recording at least one catch…recorded his second career 200-yard receiving game against Wake Forest on Oct. 15, catching 13 balls for 238 yards (4th in FSU history)…one of just three players (Ron Sellers, Craphonso Thorpe) with multiple 200-yard receiving games in career…had a pair of touchdowns against Charleston Southern, recording seven catches for 105 yards, all in the first half…two-time ACC Receiver of the Week…his 19-yard touchdown catch at NC State with 3:09 remaining proved to be the game winner in FSU’s 24-20 come-from-behind victory…has been FSU’s top receiver in each of his two previous bowl games, catching six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against Oregon in the 2015 Rose Bowl and seven passes for 201 yards and a 65-yard touchdown in the 2015 Peach Bowl…named a recipient of the Musial Award in 2016, given annually to athletes that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship…Rudolph’s friendship with Bo Paske, an autistic student at a Tallahassee middle school that Rudolph met during a community outreach visit, spread across the country.

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