Apr 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick Tyler Eifert and head coach Marvin Lewis pose for a photo during a press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL Draft is a few months old now, and the Shutdown Corner Podcast NFL Draft review series has finally gotten to their review of the AFC North. Greg Cosell of NFL Films, as well as ESPN’s NFL Matchup, joined Yahoo Sports’ Doug Farrar to break down the drafts of the Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
When reviewing the Bengals’ draft class, they spoke highly of Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, and how he’ll help allow the offense to move at a much faster pace in 2013:
"On the Cincinnati Bengals’ first-round pick, Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert: “I think you’re going to see the Bengals do a bit more no-huddle, and I think they might even get [running back] Giovanni Bernard, their second-round pick involved in that, because he’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield. So, you’ll see Eifert and Jermaine Gresham on the field, with some no-huddle principles, and they’ll try to play faster.”"
The two also said how Bernard’s height may have helped him fall to the Bengals in the second-round, and how he could ultimately be a standout player for Cincinnati.
They also spoke about a potential mismatch the Bengals will look to expose when the face the Ravens and their new starting safety in Florida’s Matt Elam:
"The only concern with Matt Elam is, of course, his height (5-foot-10). Let’s say you’re dealing with the Bengals. They now have two tight ends in Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert who are 6-foot-5."