There is no doubt that one former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player will be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft this April.Tight end Tyler Eifert took home the Mackey Award for being the best tight end in college football and after the NFL combine, Eifert remains one of the best at his position.
Eifert ran 4.6 in the 40 yard dash, jumped an impressive 35.5 vertical leap, 119 inch broad jump and benched 22 reps in the weight room. Eifert had a great combine that amplifies his outstanding career at Notre Dame. Eifert was expected to be among the top tight ends drafted and with his stock on the rise, it would be surprising if he was not the first of many tight ends drafted in this year’s class.
Eifert is an all around soild tight end who excels at every level of his game. He has the speed to get open and has great hands and his size will benefit any NFL quarterback. Eifert also proved this season that he turned out to be a proven blocker and was an asset to the Irish rushing attack.
Eifert impressed scouts this season and at the combine and he does have at least one more opportunity to showcase his talents. March 26 is pro day for Eifert and the rest of the Notre Dame players slated for the NFL draft and could be their last chance to make an impression on possible future employers.
Where will Eifert end up is a mystery that will not be answered until draft night, but there are a number of possible suiters for Eifert. Mock drafts have Eifert going late in the first round to the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers or early in the round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This spring Eifert will join Anthony Fasano, John Carlson and Kyle Rudolph as former Notre Dame tight ends in the NFL. Fasano, Carlson and Rudolph all have had good careers and all have one thing in common. All three were drafted in the second round of the NFL draft. Will Eifert break the mold and be drafted in the first round, well he broke all the Notre Dame receiving records for tight ends, so seeing him drafted ahead of the other former stars shouldn’t be a shocker.