Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: TE Tyler Eifert
Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame
6-6, 250 pounds
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
STATS: College statistics
40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps
Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
Broad jump: 119 inches
3-cone drill: 6.92 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.52 seconds
News and Notes:
Production was somewhat hurt in 2012 by having a freshman QB and constant double teams. … Still led Notre Dame with 50 catches for 685 yards and four touchdowns to win the Mackey Award as the nation’s top TE. … Caught 63 passes for 803 yards in 2011. … Son of former Purdue basketball player Greg Eifert.
What they’re saying about him:
- WalterFootball.com: “Eifert is an NFL-ready pass catcher. He has good speed running down the middle seam with excellent hands. Eifert is fearless leaping in the middle of the field to make tough catches despite knowing that massive hits are coming his direction. He showed real toughness for the Fighting Irish. Eifert is very good on third down to help move the chains. He gains separation on linebackers and is too big for defensive backs. Eifert should be a real contributor in the passing game early in his NFL career..”
- NFL.com: “Still growing as a blocker and needs to use better angles. Stronger linebackers will rip off his blocks and ride him off his route when he does not use his hands effectively. Allows throws into his body on occasion, will drop the ball when trying to run before securing.”
- I like what I see when Eifert blocks on the second and third levels against smaller linebackers and defensive backs. He doesn’t lunge or whiff often.
- Blocking DEs/OLBs is a different story. He doesn’t seem to have the size to hold up or the quickness to make reach blocks.
- I really like what I see on his routes. He’s fast and works well in traffic.
- I can also see Eifert doing some damage on seam routes against slower LBs and safeties, or even against small slot corners.
- Uses his height and lanky frame well. Goes up and grabs passes with his hands.
- His quickness off the line should help him get into his routes early against press coverage.
- Not very big or thick. Can he hold up over the long haul working the middle and taking shots from bigger defenders in the NFL? He was durable in college.
- What do you guys think of Eifert compared to Zach Ertz? I like Eifert more. Faster, more sure-handed, better blocker downfield, more explosive and aggressive.
If drafted by the Packers:
I can see Ted Thompson liking Eifert. Would he like him enough to take him in the first round if Jermichael Finley is still on the team? Probably not, but you never know.
Eifert appears to be an NFL-ready pass catcher. Assuming Andrew Quarless returns to form, the combination of Quarless blocking and Eifert catching passes would be interesting.
Another wrinkle that Thompson and Mike McCarthy probably like about Eifert: He looks comfortable lining up as an H-back. Imagine Randall Cobb lining up at RB and Eifert motioning into the backfield as an H-back. I’m not sure how it would work in real life, but it would be tough to stop on Madden.——————