Wide Receiver Travis Rudolph; Florida State
The Giants have added a solid wide receiver prospect in Travis Rudolph. Rudolph was a three-year starter at Florida State, coming in as a big time prospect. He didn’t live all the way up to the hype, but he was still a solid player for the Seminoles.
As a true freshman, Rudolph had 38 catches for 555 yards and four touchdowns. He would go on to lead the Seminoles in receiving the next two years, producing 115 receptions for 1,756 yards and 14 touchdowns.
There is a lot to like about Rudolph’s game. He is a strong route runner with an ability to find the soft spots in zones. He has great ball skills, as he is adept at back shoulder throws and comeback routes. Rudolph is a hands-catcher, which will help. Rudolph is lucky that he possesses as many intangibles as he does, as his athleticism is below average.
His athleticism and top end speed are what holds him back as a prospect. He lacks burst and is unlikely to produce many big plays. He had red flags in virtually every part of the combine that was wide receiver specific, which basically sealed his fate for being drafted.
There is some potential here as a possession receiver. He measured out under 6-feet tall, but he has some things to like. He may not take the top off a defense, but he has a chance to make a living as a player that moves the chains.