Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert is widely considered one of the top tight end prospects in this draft class, and he might be the first player selected at the position. But as talented as he is, especially as a pass-catcher, Eifert understands that he needs to improve as a blocker.
“Blocking has been what everyone said I was lacking,” Eifert said. “So I've spent a lot of time working on my blocking with coaches, working on the technique things. The little things like footwork and hand placement. It's the little things that make a big difference.”
Eifert is an athletic mover for his size (6-5 1/2 and 250 pounds) with outstanding hands, especially in contested situations. As Notre Dame's top receiving option on offense in 2012, Eifert wasn't asked to stay home and block as much, but when he did line up inline, he showed considerable improvement as both a run and pass blocker.
“I think I'm better,” Eifert added. “I'm still not where I want to be. There is still a lot of room to improve. I've made a conscious effort to improve, and I think I have.”
Eifert is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 ranked tight end and is trying to be the fourth Notre Dame tight end drafted in the top two rounds since 2006, following Anthony Fasano (2006), John Carlson (2008) and Kyle Rudolph (2011). Those three Irish tight ends drafted before him were all taken in the second round, but Eifert has first-round aspirations and his predecessors are helping him handle what's to come.
“I communicate with Rudolph a lot. And then Carlson and Fasano, I've talked to all three of those guys before,” Eifert said. “They offer football advice, but also just about life in the NFL, what it's like, how to adjust to it and things like that.”