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2017 NFL DRAFT

Tyler Eifert, TE

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 250 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 15. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (6-6, 250, 4JR)...Eifert won't create a lot of separation, but he's a better blocker than given credit and one of the best at using his body aggressively to finish contested catches. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 19. *Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: Possessing soft hands and excellent body control, Eifert is the prototypical security blanket and he eased concerns about his straight-line speed with a more-than-respectable 4.68 in the 40 at 6-6, 250 pounds. Eifert isn't the second coming of Jimmy Graham but he has the length and speed to be a challenging matchup and is experienced in lining up wide, as well as in the traditional in-line role. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2013 - 2013 Notre Dame Pro Day: Notre Dame's pro day on Tuesday featured 14 players, including first-round NFL draft hopefuls Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert and Zeke Motta. And even though no NFL head coaches attended the event (held indoors on Field Turf), representatives from 29 NFL teams were there. Tyler Eifert, tight end (6-5 5/8, 256) - Eifert, who stood on his combine numbers, dropped the first ball thrown to him, then didn't have another drop the rest of the day. He looks like a first-rounder. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/23/2013 - Eifert improved significantly as a run-blocker as a senior and now ranks among the better blockers at the position in this draft class. His most impressive traits, however, remain his vacuum hands and body control. Eifert was consistently able to adjust in space and make the contested grab. His timely grabs likely played a significant role in his landing the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2012 despite the fact that his production actually dropped from his sophomore to junior seasons. Eifert enjoyed his most productive campaign in 2011, leading the nation's tight ends with 63 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns. As the focus of the Irish passing attack a year later, Eifert caught 50 passes for 685 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.

As an acknowledgement of Eifert's abilities and his role in Notre Dame's offense, Alabama lined up All-American cornerback Dee Milliner on him when the the 6-5, 250-pounder lined up wide in the BCS title game. Eifert matched his season-high with six grabs in the game but was largely contained, registering "just" 61 yards in the 42-14 loss. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2013 - Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert may qualify as one of the early "winners" of the 2013 combine by posting an eye-popping times of 4.60 and 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Eifert, who also posted an impressive 35.5" vertical jump, may have secured his standing as a first round pick with his performance today. Eifert, frankly, was more impressive than Stanford's Zach Ertz, the only tight end NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks ahead of the Irish star. Ertz was unofficially credited with a 4.72 on his first attempt but improved to 4.65 on his second try. He posted a surprisingly pedestrian 30.5" vertical jump.

While the Stanford star's times were solid, Eifert could see significant boost after demonstrating better straight-line speed than many, including myself, had previously given him credit. Perhaps because of the fact that the 6-5, 250-pound Eifert was often lined up wide at Notre Dame (and thus covered by cornerbacks), he didn't appear to be this explosive.

As such, some will debate as to whether Eifert's 40-yard dash time is an example of manufactured speed that doesn't really translate to the field. Regardless of this debate, Eifert has an all-around game which projects nicely to the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/22/2013 - 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." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: Logic says that the players who put forth the most impressive workout results have the most to gain at the combine each year. That isn't necessarily the case. In most cases, the elite athletes are already well known by scouts. The players who actually boost their grades during the athletic drills at the combine are those who show better-than-expected athleticism or help their cause through interviews.

While Eifert has ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's top senior tight end virtually all year long, he is just such a player who could move up draft boards with an impressive showing in Indianapolis.

While Eifert possesses soft hands and impressive body control to make twirling catches against tight coverage, there remain plenty of concerns about his straight-line speed. As such, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 6-foot-5-inch, 252-pounder slip into the second round just as former Notre Dame standouts John Carlson and Kyle Rudolph did before him ... unless, of course, he's able to prove that he's more athletic than his tape indicates. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/08/2013 - Notre Dame junior Tyler Eifert has played his final game for the Irish and will enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to a report by IrishIllustrated.com. He made the announcement shortly after Notre Dame's loss to Alabama in the National Championship Game Monday night. Eifert ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 tight end for April's NFL Draft and is widely considered the top player at his position. He is projected as a late first- or early second-round selection; check out the mock draft analysis here.

Although he didn't match his production from a year ago, Eifert still led the Irish in receiving in 2012 with 50 catches for 685 yards and four touchdowns, including six catches for 61 yards in Monday's title game. Even without a 100-yard receiving game during his time in South Bend, he finishes his Notre Dame career with 140 catches for 1,840 yards and 11 scores, holding numerous school records by a tight end.

Eifert looks the part (6-foot-5,252 pounds) for the position and has always been a reliable receiver, but he really improved as a blocker the past three seasons. He has strong hands and does a nice job making contested catches in traffic with the smooth body control and footwork of a wide receiver. The most versatile weapon on the Irish offense, Eifert lined up both in-line and out wide on the Notre Dame offense, often matching up with opposing cornerbacks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Tyler Eifert and T.J. Jones were top regular season receivers with 624 and 559 yards respectively and four touchdowns apiece, but Theo Riddick also saw action out of the backfield with 35 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown while DaVaris Daniels had 25 catches and 275 yards before suffering a shoulder injury against Boston College. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 6-6 251 Sr., Fort Wayne, IN...The 2012 Mackey Award Winner, Eifert had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Irish finished the season unbeaten. His reception late in the game against Michigan iced a 13-6 Notre Dame victory. - Notre Dame football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Tight end - Tyler Eifert, senior, Notre Dame...Eifert had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Irish finished the season unbeaten. His reception late in the game against Michigan iced a 13-6 Notre Dame victory. A senior, Eifert is Notre Dame's all-time leading receiver among tight ends and has also been praised for his blocking. - Notre Dame football

12/16/2012 - 2012 FBS INDEPENDENT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame...Eifert had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Irish finished the season unbeaten. His reception late in the game against Michigan iced a 13-6 Notre Dame victory. A senior, Eifert is Notre Dame's all-time leading receiver among tight ends and has also been praised for his blocking. - Notre Dame football

12/16/2012 - 2012 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: TE Tyler Eifert (Sr.), Notre Dame, has been selected First Team All-Independent for the 2012 college football season by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions' coverage markets. Eifert had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Irish finished the season unbeaten. His reception late in the game against Michigan iced a 13-6 Notre Dame victory. A senior, Eifert is Notre Dame's all-time leading receiver among tight ends and has also been praised for his blocking. - Notre Dame football

12/05/2012 - Notre Dame senior Tyler Eifert has won the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's best tight end. Eifert totaled 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Fighting Irish finish the regular season without a blemish. Notre Dame's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end, Eifert is not only a deft receiver, but a tremendous blocker as well. Stanford's Zach Ertz and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins were the other finalists. - The Sports Network

12/05/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WINNER: Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert has won the John Mackey Award that goes to college football's best tight end. Eifert is the first Irish player to win the award in school history. Coming into the season, Eifert was regarded as the best receiver for the Fighting Irish and drew extra attention from opposing defenses. Nonetheless, Eifert had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Irish finished the season unbeaten. His reception late in the game against Michigan iced a 13-6 Notre Dame victory.

A senior, Eifert is Notre Dame's all-time leading receiver among tight ends and has also been praised for his blocking. The Nassau County Sports Commission announced the award on Wednesday, which is named for the late Hall of Fame tight end and Long Island native John Mackey. - Notre Dame football

11/21/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S MOST OUTSTANDING TE): Tyler Eifert (SR, Notre Dame)...Eifert, a 2011 and 2012 Mackey Award finalist, was the only tight end on the 2012 Maxwell Award Watch List, an award that goes to college football's player of the year. He was also on the watch list for the Lombardi award, and was the consensus preseason first-team All-American tight end...Eifert equaled his season-high with six receptions (85 yards) against Wake Forest on Nov. 17. Five of his six catches resulted in a first down or touchdown against the Demon Deacons - the TD being a two-yard catch in the first quarter.

Twenty-nine of Eifert's 40 catches this season have resulted in a touchdown or first down...Eifert leads Irish with 11 receptions of at least 20 yards...Of his now 130 career catches, 28 have gone for at least 20 yards...Eifert now ranks No. 1 in school history for career receptions (130) by a tight end and is only 50 yards away from eclipsing Ken MacAfee's tight end school record for career receiving yards (1,759). - Notre Dame football

11/14/2012 - Heading into his last home game, Saturday against Wake Forest, Eifert needs just five catches to pass Ken MacAfee (128) as Notre Dame's all-time leader in receptions by a tight end. But his numbers are way down from last year's record-setting campaign, when he had 63 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns. Through 10 games, he has 34 catches for 470 yards and three touchdowns as the Irish have focused on the ground game and opponents have focused on keeping him in check. The upshot is it all has forced Eifert to become a more well-rounded player. He's been critical in pass protection, he's sprung the Irish tailbacks for big gains, and his mere presence on the field usually opens space for other receivers. The fact that he's suddenly become a big part of the passing game again is a bonus at this point. "This isn't about numbers this year," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "This is about a guy that's developing himself as a complete tight end." Eifert was projected as an early-round draft pick last season, but decided to return for his senior season. And while his numbers are down, his stock has only gone up. "If you asked the guys at the next level about Tyler Eifert, they really don't care about how many balls he's caught," Kelly said. "Because they know he can catch the football. They're looking at other things he's developed, and he's going to find himself in a pretty good position in April." - Mark Lazerus, The Chicago Sun-Times

11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: TE TYLER EIFERT, NOTRE DAME...In Notre Dame's run-first offense, it's easy to forget about tight end Tyler Eifert, who has just 34 catches and three scores in 2012. But despite the lower production with a freshman quarterback, he has helped his draft stock considerably with his improvement as a blocker. Week-in and week-out this season, Eifert has repeatedly shown his progression as a blocker in the run game, something coaches say he has worked on extensively. He works hard to gain correct positioning as an inline blocker to seal the edge and create running lanes for the ballcarrier. Eifert also uses a lot of his receiving qualities in the trenches, showing excellent awareness and sense of his surroundings to pick up defenders with the toughness and physicality needed to sustain blocks. While the statistics have been down, mostly because of double-teams and defenses game planning around the junior, Eifert continues to show why he has been NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 draft-eligible tight end since the summer and is currently projected as a late first round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2012 - Not this time. Twice in the last 20 years, Boston College ended the national-title hopes of rival Notre Dame. But Saturday night, the No. 4 Fighting Irish did what they had to do, dismantling the Eagles and cruising to a 21-6 victory. Notre Dame improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1993, the first year the Eagles spoiled things for the Irish. It happened again in 2002. But those BC teams were both bowl-bound. The Eagles are 2-8 this year, putting Frank Spaziani's job in jeopardy. The Irish are going to need help to get to the BCS title game, and they got some Saturday when No. 1 Alabama lost. But Notre Dame, which hosts Wake Forest and visits USC in its last two regular-season games, still needs more assistance. Everett Golson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in a superb performance that gave the Irish their fourth straight win over BC in the rivalry between college football's only two Football Bowl Subdivision Catholic schools. BC, which came into the game tied for 118th in the country in third-down conversion defense, yielded conversions on Notre Dame's first 10 tries before a third-quarter stop. Golson finished 16-for-24 for 200 yards passing and also netted 39 yards on the ground. Notre Dame's Theo Riddick ran for 104 yards, and tight end Tyler Eifert caught six passes for 67 yards. - The Sports Xchange

11/11/2012 - Last winter, Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert faced the decision of whether to enter the NFL Draft or return to ND for his senior season. At one point, Eifert had decided to become a pro before changing his mind. Boston College coach Frank Spaziani, perhaps echoing the sentiments of many opposing coaches, believes Eifert would have been just fine had he bypassed his senior season. "He could be with the Patriots," Spaziani told the Boston Herald. "(Notre Dame has) good players but he's a real good one." Eifert hasn't enjoyed the statistical success he did a year ago, when he caught 63 passes for 803 yards. Instead, as Michael Floyd was last season, Eifert has been the focal point of opponents in terms of stopping the Irish passing game. Entering Saturday night's game at Boston College, Eifert had 28 receptions for 403 yards, and his 14.4-yard average was nearly two yards better than last year's average. In the first half of Saturday night's game between ND and Boston College at Alumni Stadium, Eifert had four receptions for 52 yards. Spaziani isn't alone in his lofty opinion of Eifert. NBC analyst Mike Mayock said earlier this season that he's been impressed with Eifert's blocking this season. - Bob Wieneke, The South Bend Tribune

10/13/2012 - Leave it to the Notre Dame defense to make a stand. The seventh-ranked Irish (6-0), who haven't given up a touchdown since the second game of the season, stifled Stanford (4-2) when it counted in a 20-13 overtime victory Saturday. Notre Dame's goal-line stand shut down two tries from the 1-yard line in overtime to seal the

09/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Spartans held an opponent without an offensive touchdown for the second straight week, but they'll contend with an Irish attack with numerous weapons. Everett Golson (33-of-49, 433 yards and two touchdowns) remains the starting quarterback, while RB Theo Riddick leads in rushing with 165 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. Running back Cierre Wood comes off a two-game suspension this week. Senior TE Tyler Eifert (eight catches, 120 yards, one touchdown) is two receptions away from 100 for his career and a tie with John Carlson (2004-07) for No. 2 the Irish all-time list for tight ends. Without departed WR Michael Floyd, several receivers are sharing the load. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Tyler Eifert who caught a five-yard touchdown pass from QB Everett Golson last Saturday, is the only tight end on the 2012 Maxwell Award Watch List, presented to college football's Player of the Year. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2012 - Tyler Eifert is no longer in the back of the room. The Notre Dame senior enters this year as one of the best tight ends in college football after his breakout 63-catch, 803-yard junior season. But it is not the preseason accolades that have coach Brian Kelly excited about what the former Bishop Dwenger star can do for Notre Dame this year. It's where Eifert has put himself in the program and how hard he continues to work that has Kelly singing the tight end's praises. "Here's what I love about Tyler Eifert," Kelly said. "You know you're moving your program along when your best players are your best workers. ... . He's just been incredible to work with over the past couple of years, to see his development and his maturity. "He's a leader on our football team. When I first got here, he was in the back row. He was two or three rows back. Now he's up front. So you can understand from my perspective that's exciting when your best player, one of your best players, has that kind of desire to be the best." John Goodman, who also starred at Dwenger, said the tight end has always been a hard worker, and the fifth-year Irish receiver isn't surprised by Eifert's success. But Goodman has been surprised by the leadership role Eifert has taken. "I've gradually seen him come out of his shell," Goodman said. "It's pretty funny, because, I've known him since we were in fifth grade, sixth grade, and we have been playing against each other since then. At Dwenger, he was kind of a shy guy, but he was obviously a good football player. When we got here, he was pretty shy. Every single year, he's stepped up, stepped up and stepped up, and now, he's the player he is today. He's going to be a freaking first-round draft pick." - Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

08/06/2012 - Tyler Eifert knows his role. In a Notre Dame offense facing a four-way quarterback battle and a cluster of inexperienced receivers, the All-American tight end stands on a tier of his own. With Michael Floyd's departure, Eifert is the team's top returning receiver. If there's any pressure on the Fort Wayne native to fill in the gap Floyd left behind, he doesn't feel it. "I just need to understand the offense and do what I'm asked," he said. "Coaches will put me in positions to make plays. I don't really feel pressure." He answered most questions reporters asked him after the first day of camp Saturday in a similar vein: Short, concise replies. He wasn't loose and spontaneous like his affable teammate Louis Nix, nor was he a jokester like former teammate Jonas Gray. Eifert's quiet confidence carries over to the football field, where he stands alongside a new batch of senior leaders. He's not vocal. He doesn't yell. He just leads by example. "You don't have to yell to be a leader," he said. "I'll pull a guy to the side and give him a tip. You know because you've been there and you help out any way you can. You gain a guy's respect by working hard." - Rachel Terlep, eTruth.com

08/06/2012 - In four years, Eifert has bulked up nearly 40 pounds of muscle and skyrocketed from a statless game against Nevada in 2009 to 63 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns last season. His performance last season thrust him into the national spotlight and caught the eye of NFL scouts. By the end of last season, Eifert, like Te'o, had to decide the next step: Enter into the NFL Draft or return for his senior season. Like Te'o, he chose the latter. Like Te'o, he has unfinished business. Both players have fallen short of a coveted BCS bowl bid in their three years with the Irish. "Winning them all," Eifert said when asked his definition of success. "Going to a BCS bowl (game). That is success. You're never really content until you do that." Stepping onto the practice field Saturday reenforced Eifert's decision to come back, and he shed more light on his thought process. "I'm more comfortable out there," he said. "I'm enjoying it more, being out there with all of your buddies. I guess in the NFL, they're your teammates, but they come from all different backgrounds and they're maybe 10 years older than you. These are guys I've hung out with all summer and made great relationships with." - Rachel Terlep, eTruth.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Tyler Eifert, senior, TE, Notre Dame, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Eifert led all tight ends in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 63 receptions and 803 receiving yards last season. Eifert broke Notre Dame's record for most catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end. In 2011, Eifert was named first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, second-teamAll-American by the Associated Press and third-team All-American by both Rivals.com and Phil Steele. Eifert, the only tight end on the 2012 watch list for the Maxwell Award (college football's outstanding player of the year), has 90 receptions for 1,155 yards in his Notre Dame career. - Notre Dame football

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. In addition to the Lombardi Award, Eifert (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger H.S.) is also in the running for both the Maxwell (top collegiate player) and Mackey (top collegiate tight end) Awards. He led all tight ends in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 63 receptions and 803 receiving yards last season. Eifert broke Notre Dame's record for most catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end. In 2011, Eifert was named first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, second-teamAll-American by the Associated Press and third-team All-American by both Rivals.com and Phil Steele. Eifert has 90 receptions for 1,155 yards in his Notre Dame career. He is tied with Kyle Rudolph for the fourth-most catches in a career by a Notre Dame tight end and ranks second all-time in receiving yards by a Fighting Irish tight end. - Notre Dame football

07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. Eifert (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger H.S.) is the lone returning 2011 Mackey Award finalist on the list. He led all tight ends in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 63 receptions and 803 receiving yards last season. Eifert broke Notre Dame's record for most catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end. In 2011, Eifert was named first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, second-teamAll-American by the Associated Press and third-team All-American by both Rivals.com and Phil Steele. Eifert, the only tight end on the 2012 watch list for the Maxwell Award (college football's outstanding player of the year), has 90 receptions for 1,155 yards in his Notre Dame career. He is tied with Kyle Rudolph for the fourth-most catches in a career by a Notre Dame tight end and ranks second all-time in receiving yards by a Fighting Irish tight end. Eifert needs 39 receptions and 605 receiving yards to break Ken MacAfee's school records for career catches and career receiving yards by a Notre Dame tight end. - Notre Dame football

07/09/2012 - Top-five Notre Dame prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. TE Tyler Eifert (6-6, 250)...Since 2006, the Irish have had three tight ends drafted in the second round (Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson and Anthony Fasano) and Eifert could be the fourth, unless of course he sneaks into the backend of round one. Coming off an All-American sophomore season, he is NFLDraftScout.com's top draft-eligible tight end prospect entering the 2012 season. Eifert wasn't considered a blue-chip recruit out of high school, tipping the scale at just 215-pounds, but received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame and redshirted in 2009. He served as a back-up in 2010, but was forced into duty after Rudolph and Mike Ragone went down with injuries, starting eight games and recording 27 receptions. Last season, Rudolph left early for the NFL and Eifert found himself No. 1 on the depth chart at tight end as only a sophomore. He started all 13 games and led the country at his position with 63 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns, earning All-American honors. Eifert is extremely productive with very good body control to adjust to off-target passes and snatch the ball away from his frame. He is fearless over the middle and does a nice job working in a crowd, showing the quarterback his numbers and shielding defenders from the ball. Eifert is still developing as a blocker, but has shown steady improvement in this area and flashes the raw power to put defenders on their heels in the run game. He received a third round grade from the Advisory Committee last season, but he could sneak into the first round with another All-American season in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, TE, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club

 
 
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 15. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (6-6, 250, 4JR)...Eifert won't create a lot of separation, but he's a better blocker than given credit and one of the best at using his body aggressively to finish contested catches. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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