Tyler Eifert, Senior, Tight End, Notre Dame
After replacing the superb Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph, Tyler Eifert has done nothing but get better. Upon deciding to return for his senior year, Eifert, probably the best tight end in the nation, went from a mid-round selection to opening up the possibility of being taken on day one of the 2013 draft. With great size and hands, Tyler was a Mackey Award finalist as the nation’s best tight end as a junior. He looks to improve on that success, returning as the most established receiving threat on the Fighting Irish’s roster.
2012 was the exception with tight ends in the NFL draft. Even though a couple guys had first round talent and possibilities, usually the tight end position is top heavy with one man and back loaded with role players. 2013 should be more in line with a “normal” tight end draft. Eifert has little competition at this point to be the top tight end on draft day. After him, it seems there will be a drop off to the next crop of TEs. The question that remains is whether Tyler can have a year good enough to get himself into the round one discussion.