Photo of Tyler Eifert
Drafted By: Bengals
  • Round 1
  • Pick 21
  • Overall 21

Combine Results

Grade
83.3 ?
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.92 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.52 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Andy Dalton thing is critical. Remember, they've lost two years in a row to Houston in the wild card. How do you get over that hump? You need another playmaker, and Dalton has to take another step up." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 251LBS. Weight

Overview

Some thought an average tight end class would push the tall, athletic Eifert into the 2012 NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore. After all, it was the decision of Kyle Rudolph to leave a season early for the 2011 NFL Draft (he was picked in the second round by the Vikings) that opened the door for Eifert to become a star. And while a freshman at quarterback hurt his production as a junior, he still led the team in receiving in 2012 with a team-best 50 catches for 685 yards and four touchdowns, winning the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. Eifert decided to skip his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.


The son of former Purdue basketball player Greg Eifert led all FBS tight ends with 63 grabs for 803 yards in 2011, and his five touchdowns made him a nice red-zone complement to first-round receiver Michael Floyd. Even with Rudolph starting ahead of him in 2010, Eifert made enough of an impact (27 catches, 352 yards, two touchdowns) as a redshirt freshman to earn the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year award.

Analysis

Strengths

Very tough in a crowd, showing strong hands to make contested catches and a physical demeanor to come down with the ball in tight spaces. Tall, lean frame. Lines up with his hand down, in an H-back role, in the slot and outside. Threatens the seam with his long strides off the snap, takes a lot of hits across the middle and bounces up. Nice job gaining position in coverage with very good footwork, taking pride in his routes and showing much improvement in this area. Elevates well to go up and attack the ball, just needs an opportunity and chances are he'll come down with it -- very good at mid-air adjustments, making a lot of catches with his feet off the ground. Uses his height, length and strong hands to snatch passes out of the air. Flashes quick feet on out-cuts to be an effective safety valve. Fights through arm tackles to get extra yardage. Gets off the line effectively from a three-point stance, can shimmy past a defender near the line to get into his route. Gives effort as an in-line blocker, uses his length to hold off defensive ends, uses agility to get angle and create outside running lane. Also works hard to prevent defenders from reaching teammates downfield. Productive in his three seasons, leaving Notre Dame with just about every school receiving record for a TE including catches (140) and receiving yards (1,840).

Weaknesses

Lean receiver-like build. Does not play with consistent explosiveness and leverage when blocking in-line, will get pulled down by NFL ends and miss reach-blocks against quicker ends. Still growing as a blocker and needs to use better angles. Stronger linebackers will rip off his blocks and ride him off his route when he does not use his hands effectively. Allows throws into his body on occasion, will drop the ball when trying to run before securing.

NFL Comparison

Greg Olsen

Bottom Line

Eifert was a 215-pound TE out of high school who didn't receive too many scholarship offers, but has developed into one of the top all-around tight ends to enter the NFL draft in recent memory. He was Notre Dame's No. 1 offensive weapon in 2012, lining up as a WR or as a traditional TE, and was a target defensive coordinators had to game-plan against. Eifert is a fluid pass-catcher with vacuum hands and the hand/eye coordination to make tough catches, and although he doesn't create a lot of space, he secures grabs in traffic, showing outstanding tracking and high-pointing ability. He is a soft-spoken guy, but an animal on the field and a much better blocker than advertised, improving in leaps and bounds the past three years with excellent effort. Projects as a starting NFL TE with excellent potential as both a receiver and blocker.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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