Bengals Banter: Talking John Skelton, & Tyler Eifert a Draft Option?

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September 24, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) runs after a pass reception against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Irish won 15-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE


In the latest media mock draft, radio analyst Dave Lapham mocked Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert to the Bengals, making their already explosive offense even more dangerous:

Adding Eifert to two-time Pro Bowler Jermaine Gresham, as well as a developing Orson Charles, would make for a very talented trio of young tight ends. Eifert is more of a pass-catching tight end and must work on his blocking, but his speed (his 4.68 40-yard dash at the combine was fourth-best among TEs), smarts, hands and fluid athleticism make him very enticing. One particular area where Eifert excels is inside the red zone, where he uses his height, strength and leaping ability (35.5 inch vertical) to go up and get the ball. Head coach Marvin Lewis often harps on offensive efficiency in the red zone, and the numbers certainly back him up. Last postseason, Baltimore converted TDs on 71.4 percent of its trips to the red zone, while San Francisco converted on 70.0 percent of its trips. By comparison, New England led the NFL in the regular season at 70 percent, and New Orleans was second at 68.4 percent. There’s no doubt Lewis and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden would like to improve on the Bengals’ 54.4 percent mark (16th in the NFL) from last season.




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