Draft Rewind 2013 – Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about TYLER EIFERT: Notre Dame, 6054 250 4.68. Junior entry. Three-year starter with the second most tight end receptions in Notre Dame history. A big target similar to his tight end predecessors Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson, and Anthony Fasano. He finds the soft spots in zone coverage and at times on wheel routes. Can beat linebackers in man-to-man coverage. He can close the cushion when going vertical down the seam. Good enough speed to get deep. Adjusts well to the ball. Can make the over shoulder type catch. Battles for the jump ball. Possesses good leaping ability, concentration, and timing. Plucks the ball in his hands. Not a body catcher. Rarely drops a ball unless he takes his eye off of it. Catches the ball in traffic over the middle. Uses his body to shield off defender. Good field awareness. Understands spacing in routes and on sideline. Routinely makes contested catches. Lines up all over the formation – in the slot, out wide in the flex position, and tight on the end of the line of scrimmage. Improved his ability in 2012 to shock a defender with his hands while blocking. Good downfield hustle to block in space. Works to bend his knees to leverage his blocks. Can carry more weight on his wide frame. Has the talent to be a featured option in an NFL offense. A probable first year starter. 2012 stats: 44-624, 14.2 ypr, 4 TD. OSR:1/19. First round. (A-33 1/8, H-9 1/8, BP-22, VJ-35.5).

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