This scouting report is courtesy of Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio in which he ranks Eifert the #1 TE prospect and 15th-best player overall:
STRENGTHS: Solid frame with fluid body control and ballskills…tough in a crowd, showing strong hands to make contested catches…nice job gaining position in coverage with very good footwork, showing good improvement in his routes…strong at the LOS to release and beat press…willing blocker and doesn’t shy from contact, flashing the aggressive take-on strength to sustain, seal and finish… a team-first guy and proudly wore the “C” on his jersey…dependable and productive.
WEAKNESSES: Has done a nice job adding weight to his frame, but appears maxed out physically…lacks elite quickness in his breaks to consistently separate and is still growing as a route runner…good, but not great, straight-line speed…needs a few steps to get going and can be caught from behind by LBs…will have some dropped passes at times…still developing as a blocker and needs to use better angles…strength is average and needs developed…suffered a concussion in Sept. 2012.
SUMMARY: Lined up out wide as a WR or in-line as a traditional TE at Notre Dame and is the type of target defensive coordinators must game plan against…fluid pass-catcher with vacuum hands and the hand/eye coordination to make tough catches…won’t create a lot of space, but he secures grabs with outstanding tracking and high-pointing ability…soft spoken guy, but an animal on the field with an aggressive demeanor both receiving and blocking…clear-cut top TE in this draft class.
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 out wide as a WR or in-line as a traditional TE, and was the type of 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.
NFL COMPARISON: Greg Olsen
COMPARES TO: Heath Miller, TE, Steelers – While more athletic than Miller, Eifert has a similar skill-set with his ability to make tough catches in tight spaces, winning one-on-one situations. Also has the speed to be a threat vertically or down the seam.
The following is a video breakdown of Eifert by Erick Ward, Senior Web Producer at the Northwest Herald: