Tyler Eifert to the Cincinnati Bengals Round 1 Pick 21

Eifert is a matchup nightmare - Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Notre Dame Tight End Tyler Eifert with the 21st pick in the 1st round.

Over the course of his career at Notre Dame 6'6" 250lb Tyler Eifert was consistently a matchup nightmare for the opposition. Eifert has the ability to line up as a traditional tight end with a hand down or flexed out like a wide receiver. Eifert runs well, has great hands and is underrated as a blocker. I expect that Eifert will continue to be very productive at the next level.

Eifert hardly saw the field as a freshman in 2009 and started out the 2010 season playing behind current Minnesota Viking Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph. When Rudolph went down with an injury then sophomore Eifert stepped in and immediately provided similar production for the offense. Down the stretch of the 2010 season Eifert had 27 receptions for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns.

As a junior in 2011 Eifert exploded for 67 receptions for 803 yards and five touchdowns while sharing receptions with wide receiver Michael Floyd. Many thought that Eifert would enter the NFL Draft but he opted to return to South Bend for his senior season.

As a senior in 2012 the combination of the loss of Floyd, a new quarterback and defenses game planning against Eifert slowed his productivity a tad but he still recorded 50 receptions for 685 yards and 4 touchdowns. Following the 2012 season Eifert won the John Mackey Award as the Top Tight End in the Nation.

Over the course of his career Eifert recorded 140 receptions for 1,840 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 140 receptions and 1,840 receiving yards are both Notre Dame records for a Tight End. Both numbers bested Ken MacAfee's school records that had been standing since 1977.

NFL scouting reports on Eifert generally line up with what Notre Dame fans already know. As a receiver Eifert is quick off the line, has good speed, is a technical route runner, uses his frame to his advantage, attacks the football, has great hands, and simply has a knack for catching anything thrown in his general vicinity. Some think that he will need to continue to improve his in-line blocking skills but in reality he is a much better blocker than most give him credit for. Andy Dalton, the Bengal offensive staff, and the Bengal fan base will quickly come to appreciate having Eifert as a target.

Best of luck Tyler. You will be missed.

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