May 10, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs down field during the Bengals rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Hometown: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
NFL Scouting Combine
40-Yard Dash: 4.68 seconds (fifth best amongst TEs)
Bench Press: 22 reps (third best)
Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches (third best)
Broad Jump: 9-11 (third best)
3-Cone Drill: 6.92 seconds (first)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32 seconds (fourth best)
Arms: 33 inches
Hands: 9 inches
With the 21st overall pick, the Bengals drafted the best tight end in college football, Tyler Eifert. Call him Eifert, Eif, the Eifert Tower, whatever he goes by, just know, this guy can play. Eifert is 6-foot-6 inches tall, 250 lbs, runs a 4.68/40 yard dash, and has a 35 ½” vertical leap. How do all these numbers translate? Will Eifert buckle under the pressure of the NFL?
First things first, Eifert was the guy the Bengals had written atop their big board. If he fell to 21, they were going to take him, and sure enough he did. The two athletic tight end schemes seem to be a very effective offensive threat in the NFL and most recently perfected by the New England Patriots.
Eifert played his college football at the National Champion runner-up University of Notre Dame, earning the John Mackey Award, which is the award given to the nation’s top tight end, and was a first team All-American. Eifert amassed 1840 yards, and 11 touchdowns in his career with the Fighting Irish, but proved to be the workhorse of the Irish offense.