Draft Capsule: TE Tyler Eifert

Draft Capsule: TE Tyler Eifert

March 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Tyler Eifert (TE), Notre Dame

6-6 | 251 lbs.

2012 Stats:

50 catches, 685 yards, 4 TD

Projection:

1st round

Strengths:

His size and athleticism make him a matchup nightmare for defenses. Has excellent hands and is tough, willing to take hits over the middle. Is an excellent safety blanket for a quarterback -- can consistently beat cornerbacks and linebackers, something Everett Golson took advantage of in the latter third of the 2012 season. Significantly improved his blocking in his senior year at Notre Dame, which was a major weakness for him in the NFL’s eyes after his junior season.

Weaknesses:

Blocking is still a concern for Eifert -- he’s liable to get beat by even league-average defensive ends. For all the strides he made in that area in 2012, he’s a better pass-catcher than blocker.

Fit for the Bears:

Before the Bears signed Martellus Bennett, Eifert would’ve made sense as a draft target, but it’s unlikely they’ll use the No. 20 pick on a need they filled via free agency.