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Road to the Draft: Tyler Eifert

By Mark Gaughan

Tyler Eifert

Position: Tight end
School: Notre Dame
Measurements: 6-foot-5, 250 pounds
40 time: 4.68 seconds. Vertical jump: 35.5 inches. 225-pound bench press: 22 repetitions.
2012 stats: 50 catches, 683 yards, 4 TDs.
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Eifert enters the draft as a more "complete package" that most tight ends coming out of college football. He has great hands and he’s a good blocker. He has experience being split out in the slot or lining up as a traditional tight end. His workout numbers are similar to those of New England’s Rob Gronkowski, although the Pats’ All-Pro has a more physical build and more power. Eifert is not a mauler as a blocker, but he can use his leverage and be effective. Eifert caught 63 passes for 803 yards as a junior and 50 passes for 683 yards as a senior. He probably will be picked in the middle to late first round.

He said it: Eifert on his blocking: “That has been what everyone said I was lacking. So I've spent a lot of time working on my blocking with coaches, working on the technique things, the little things, the footwork, hand placement. Just the little things which makes a big difference. … I think I'm better, I'm still not where I want to be. There is still a lot of room to improve. I've made a conscious effort
to improve and I think I have.”


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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