Saturday, February 23, 2013
Tyler Eifert Shines At the NFL Combine
As the NFL Combine got underway on Saturday, much of the focus regarding Notre Dame was on Manti Te'o's press conference where he addressed the media with questions that mostly covered the story that just won't go away. Te'o did well for himself in the conference and said that he has no indication that the incident will hurt his draft stock. We shall see on that one.
That unfortunately overshadowed Tyler Eifert's big day who solidified a likely first round selection and is the top tight end according to the experts. I have to be honest. I am not a big fan of using what they do in shorts as an indicator. I do believe Eifert is the best tight end in the draft, but I make that assessment based on his on field performance in both blocking and catching. His commitment to the blocking game last season really helped him.
For what it is worth, Eifert ran a 4.68 40, benched 22 reps, and had a veritcal leap 35 1/2 inches. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network who also does Notre Dame's home games on NBC, thinks Atlanta would be a good place for him regardless of whether or not Tony Gonzalez retires.
Braxston Cave also had a solid workout with the offensive lineman.