Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. listed Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph as the #4 breakout player in the NFC: "This offense really wants to utilize its tight ends more in the passing game and will show a lot of two-TE sets. Rudolph is a huge target (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) who has excellent hands and should be a good red zone jump ball target. He also can be effective on those seam routes inside the hashes. He isn't an overpowering blocker, but that's why the Vikings acquired John Carlson. Rudolph won't dazzle you with explosiveness, but he should become a comfortable target for QB Christian Ponder."
ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert added: "Rudolph and quarterback Christian Ponder have enjoyed good chemistry since last summer, and there is every reason to think Rudolph will be among Ponder's favorite targets this season. His ball skills and hands make him an especially intriguing player in the red zone."