Yesterday former Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert tore it up at the NFL Combine. Today he has people around the league talking about him as the unquestioned top tight end in this year’s draft.
USA Today’s Tony Pauline has Eifert not only as the top tight end in the draft, but now a potential top 20 pick.
Eifert staked his claim to being the first tight end selected in April’s draft with a complete combine workout. He tested well, timing 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash, touching 35.5 inches in the vertical jump as well as posting a broad jump of 9 feet, 11 inches. He kept the momentum going during position drills, displaying next level receiving skills and the ability to pluck the ball from the air at full speed. Eifert has established himself as a first-round pick and may break into the top 20 picks based on Saturday’s results.
NFL.com said that Eifert has solidified his position as the top tight end in the draft with his performance yesterday.
It’s been a strong combine for the 6-foot-5½, 250-pound Eifert, who also posted a 35½-inch vertical leap and 22 reps on the bench press.
“I think with the tight ends, the day has belonged to Tyler Eifert,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said.
CBS Sports’ Rob Rang said that Eifert was more impressive yesterday than Stanford’s Zach Ertz.
Eifert, frankly, was more impressive than Stanford’s Zach Ertz, the only tight end NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks ahead of the Irish star. Ertz was unofficially credited with a 4.72 on his first attempt but improved to 4.65 on his second try. He posted a surprisingly pedestrian 30.5-inch vertical jump.
ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson said that Eifert could be the closest thing to Jimmy Graham or Aaron Hernandez in the draft.
Checking in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Eifert’s greatest strength is his ability to use his size and speed from the tight end position to create mismatches downfield in the passing game. With 140 catches for 1,840 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons for the Fighting Irish, Eifert might be the closest thing to Jimmy Graham or Aaron Hernandez in the 2013 NFL draft.
Profootball Talk thinks that Eifert looks like the top tight end in the draft as well.
Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert appears to be solidifying his status as the top tight end in the NFL draft.
Taking the field Saturday at the Scouting Combine, Eifert ran a 4.60-second 40-yard dash, a very good time that makes him one of the fastest players at his position. Eifert won the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end last year, and now he’s showing that he has the measurables to go along with the skills he has already displayed on the field.
Bill Polian told the AJC that he sees Eifert as a taller version of Dallas Clark.
“Eifert is much more of an athletic tight end,” Polian said. “He’s along the lines of Dallas Clark, but I think taller. He runs more than good enough and he has very good hands and ball skills. He really goes and gets after the ball.
“He gets a lot of jump balls, and he’s highly competitive. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to knock anybody on their rear end blocking. The physical load of being inside attached would be a little difficult for him.”
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