Tight End Rudolph First Notre Dame Player Picked In 2011 NFL Draft

By Dean Pantazi

Tight End Rudolph First Notre Dame Player Picked In 2011 NFL Draft

April 29, 2011 Updated Apr 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Former Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph was selected with the 43rd overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft Friday night and was the first Fighting Irish player taken in this year’s draft.

Rudolph becomes the third Notre Dame tight end drafted in the first two rounds in the last six years (Anthony Fasano, Dallas, 2006, second round; John Carlson, Seattle, 2008, second round) and the seventh Fighting Irish tight end selected since 2001.

Rudolph becomes the first Notre Dame player drafted by the Vikings since center John Sullivan in 2008 (sixth round, 187th selection).

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