Going into his second year, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has declared his intentions to be the best at what he does in the NFL. He recently made a few comments in an interview on various topics concerning himself and his teammate John Carlson.
“I want to be the best tight end in the league, not just an emerging tight end. I come out here every day with that mind set.”
On which tight end he is most similar to:
“Gronkowski and I are very similar from a height, weight, speed standpoint. Watching a lot of his catches from last year and a lot of his touchdowns, he’s able to use his body and create separation. It’s some of the things I’m trying to incorporate.”
On his relationship with teammate and fellow tight end John Carlson:
“Any time you can bring a guy like John Carlson into your locker room, it immediately adds to our (meeting) room as tight ends. He’s a guy who has had four years experience. He’s the veteran of our group. We have a very young tight end group. He’s the one helping us out on a day-in, day-out basis.”
I like what I’m hearing from Rudolph. Anyone who wants to be the best at what they do, has to truly believe it, and it appears Rudolph has that mind set. Plus, he’s comparing himself to arguably the best tight end in the league, Rob Gronkowski, which is even more encouraging.
The physical tools are all there for Rudolph, standing 6’6 and weighing 258 lbs, while running close to a 4.6/40; and arguably the best stat about him is the fact that he’s only 22 years old.
I’m fully confident Rudolph can indeed be the next big NFL tight end. Best in the league? Probably not in 2012, but you never know…