Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has a fan. Larry Fitzgerald was effusive in his praise for the potential of the second-round pick from Notre Dame.
"He's 270 pounds and he's 6-foot-7," Fitzgerald said. "He can run. He can move and get out of his breaks. He's got great hands. He can hold the edge when he needs to block.
"I was teasing him already -- I call him (former New York Giants star) Mark Bavaro reincarnated. He's going to be special like that, I think, and I'm excited to see his progression."
Visanthe Shiancoe has also taken a shine to Rudolph.
"That's going to be my buddy," Shiancoe said of Rudolph after both participated in Larry Fitzgerald's group workout on the "U" campus.
"That's going to be my pal right there. So, we're going to get it going. I'm going to show him everything I know."
It's notoriously tough for rookie TEs to make an impact, but after what Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez did last season in New England, teams may be rethinking the position. Rudolph will have to battle with Shiancoe for snaps, but if his skills demand playing time, the Vikings could opt to run two-TE, two-WR sets with Adrian Peterson in the backfield.