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SI.com names Floyd and Rudolph among Top 10 WR/TEs

Nov 23, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

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It’s not entirely surprising that preseason All-Americans Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph were listed in a 2011 NFL Draft list, but SI.com has Floyd rated No. 8 in the country and Rudolph No. 10 among the 2011 NFL Draft’s top wide receivers and tight ends.

In order, here’s the list in its entirety, along with their draft rating:

1. A.J. Green, Georgia (1st round prospect)
2. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (1st round prospect)
3. Julio Jones, Alabama (1st round prospect)
4. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (1st/2nd round prospect)
5. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt (1st/2nd round prospect)
6. Leonard Hankerson, Miami (2nd round prospect)
7. Torrey Smith, Maryland (2nd round prospect)
8. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (2nd round prospect)
9. Niles Paul, Nebraska (2nd round prospect)
10. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame (2nd round prospect)

Rudolph is the only tight end on the list, which makes his 2nd round rating a little bit questionable, considering there’s been tight end taken in the first round every year since 1999. That said, Kyle’s injury rehab, let alone his history of health issues might make him a tougher pick in the 1st round than what teams are looking for.

Likewise, while Floyd’s rated 8th, he’s also given a second round grade, and tagged with the dreaded “projects well as a possession receiver at the next level.” I’d argue that Floyd’s yards-per-catch average coming into this season would dispel any notions of a possession receiver, but I’d also be the last one to make any argument that’d have either Floyd or Rudolph heading to the NFL after this season.

With a work stoppage looming and the very real possibility that draft picks will be hung out in the wind waving while owners and the players union battle out labor issues, the safe haven of college football, and the ability to improve your draft/earnings status might be a real positive for the two Notre Dame stars to stick around in South Bend for another year. It’d also turn the 2011 Irish into a serious BCS contender.

  1. ndfootballfan4life - Nov 23, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Keith, hopefully you are correct and Rudolph and Floyd decide to stay another year. Right now I think it could go either way. It definitely helps that SI is picking them both to go in the second round. I can’t really see why anyone would leave a year early just to be drafted in the second or third round. Hopefully these guys learn from Clausen and Tate’s mistakes by leaving early. Of course, them leaving probably had more to do with Weis’ firing rather than draft status.

  2. c4evr - Nov 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    No doubt Floyd is a stud, but does anybody else here think he runs like Phoebe from ‘Friends’?

  3. ndfootballfan4life - Nov 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    haha…i can’t comment on whether or not he runs like Phoebe since i’ve never seen her run, but I will argue with anyone that Floyd has the best hands in college football. Case in point, just watch the cath he made against i think Tulsa as he was going out of bounds. The man caught the ball with one hand and the ball had to have been two or three feet out of bounds when he caught it.

  4. schuey73 - Nov 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    About a month ago I thought losing Rudolph to the NFL would be a bigger blow than losing Floyd, but Tyler Eifert changed that. Eifert has really played well and his two catches against Army were spectacular. I’ve heard that Alex Welch should be a stud TE as well. That helps if Rudolph leaves, but I’d love for him to stay.

    I guess I was thinking all along that Floyd wouldn’t stay, so I’ve tried to look at it that way. Obviously if they both stay we will be LOADED with receiving weapons for Rees, Crist, or Hendrix next year.

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