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Friday, April 29, 2011
Irish's Kyle Rudolph drafted by Vikings

By Scott Powers

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph was selected at No. 43 overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Rudolph, a 6-foot-6, 259-pound junior, was the first tight end taken in the draft. He caught 28 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns last season and missed the Irish's final seven games due a hamstring injury.

"The kid can run," ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper said. "He has great, great eye coordination. You can do a lot of things with him in your offense."

Rudolph was the first Notre Dame player selected.

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