- Bob Ferrante Special to The Palm Beach Post
Travis Rudolph left Florida State a year early but hasn’t looked back. And he hasn’t had much down time the past few months either.
The former Cardinal Newman star has had an eventful March, from his trip to Indianapolis for the NFL combine three weeks ago to Tuesday’s Pro Day workout at FSU. Rudolph ran the 40-yard dash, performed agility drills and did the bench press before catching passes from Sean Maguire.
“To have this opportunity to go to the combine and also participate in Pro Day is a dream come true,” Rudolph said. “I’ve been taking it in daily. That’s my childhood dream to make it to the NFL.”
Rudolph led FSU in receptions (56), receiving yards (840) and receiving touchdowns (seven) in 2016 as a junior. He opted to leave FSU with 153 receptions and 2,311 receiving yards, putting him in FSU’s all-time top 10 in both categories.
Since declaring for the draft in the weeks after FSU’s Orange Bowl win over Michigan, Rudolph has worked out in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee. Rudolph smiled with relief on Tuesday, content with his performance at the combine and Pro Day.
He’s happy with his decision to enter the draft early and feels he has received good feedback in his discussions with NFL teams. Rudolph feels he has made an impression for his route-running.
“Basically teams evaluate ‘How do you learn?’ ‘Are you a route-runner?’ ‘Are you disciplined in your route running?’ ‘Do you turn your head or do you keep your eyes on the ball when you’re catching it?’” Rudolph said. “Little stuff like that.”
Rudolph has two private workouts lined up in the next few weeks, first with the New England Patriots and another with the Miami Dolphins.
“Next are workouts with other teams,” Rudolph said. “An overwhelming experience to pursue my dream.”