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ICYMI: AFC North: First-Round NFL Draft Analysis

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Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) catches a pass defended by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Elfert was ruled out of bounds on the play. Mandatory Credit: Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals were 21st in this draft and chose to take TE Tyler Eifert. Now this pick was not for a need, but was viewed as a BPA for the Bengals. With the NFL changing, the Bengals seem to be focused on doing the 2 TE set that the New England Patriots do. If the Bengals offense does this right, this could be deadly, especially in the red zone. Eifert is a big guy with very good hands, and was a very huge red zone target while he played in Notre Dame. Eifert does extremely well in zone defenses and finds soft spots to get open, and even if someone is on him, he has shown he can make contested catches. His hands are good, and although he’s not going to be a burner, he still attacks the ball at it’s highest point. Although not the best blocker, he is a willing blocker and very aggressive and the Bengals like that in someone. Overall, Eifert could be someone that Andy Dalton could use greatly in the red zone.

Grade: B