Former Notre Dame Tight End, Tyler Eifert, came into the NFL scouting combine in a virtual dead heat and perhaps a picometer behind Stanford’s Zach Ertz, for the top spot among tight ends and he used the combine to move, perhaps, 2 picometers ahead of Ertz and anyone else who thinks they will be the first tight end off the board in June.
In three seasons at Notre Dame, Eifert scored 11 touchdowns while hauling in 140 passes for 1840 yards. Although his numbers dipped in 2012, it is easy to attribute the lack in offensive production to the fact that he was, most times, the only receiving option for Notre Dame and was bracketed and doubled on nearly every play. Not being one to back down to a challenge, Eifert adapted and became an all around player by working on his blocking and finished the season as a very effective blocker.
At 6-6 and 251 pounds, Eifert ran a 4.60 40 time, lifted 225 pounds 22 times, leapt 35.5 inches in the air. If you add those measurables to the fact that there are zero questions about his hands, he lines up as an h-back, wide-out and conventional tight end and he has improved as a blocker thenI would have a difficult passing on him if my team needed a tight end and I was drafting in the bottom third of the draft. (Atlanta?)