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
With the 21st-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame, which will probably end up being one of the biggest steals in this year’s draft, as many believed Eifert was far and away the best TE prospect in this year’s draft class, and a number of mock drafts had Eifert going in the top-10.
"Positives:+ Stats- Been really productive at Notre Dame; 282 receiving yards freshman year, already 347 5 games into his sophomore year+ Size- prototypical, 6’6 250lb frame+ Blocking- good blocker for size+ Character- plays the game with as much passion and effort as any tight end I have ever seen+ Hands- never seen him drop a pass, doesn’t trap passes against his frame+ Route running- Extremely fluid route runner with loose hips and deceptive footworkNegatives:– Speed- good short area speed, but pretty bad long speed for a first round prospect– Big play ability- not much in the red zone, can’t get yards after the catch, not very powerful with the ball in his hands Overall, Eifert looks like a great NFL prospect. I have a feeling he will be a great player in the NFL, and he’ll be a safe pick for any team in the draft.NFL comparison: Todd Heap, except Eifert is a much better blocker.Grade: 95 (deserves to be a mid first round prospect)Projection: 93 (will be a mid-to-late first round pick)"
It came as a surprise he managed to last until the 21st pick, but the Bengals were happy to end his slide. This is a huge get for the Bengals who were looking to add another playmaker to the offense.