Mar 26, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former player Tyler Eifert participates in drills during Notre Dame pro day at the Loftus Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Draft Profile: Tyler Eifert

As we continue our trip through potential Jets’ draft choices, we travel to South Bend, Indiana to talk about our next prospect.

We know that the Jets are in the market for a tight end. They did sign Jeff Cumberland, but I think we can all agree that it is fair to say that the Jets will be looking to upgrade the position through the draft. We have already talked about Zach Ertz and Tyler Kelce, but now, we come to a guy that many see as the top tight end prospect of them all. TE, Tyler Eifert.


Eifert comes in at 6’6″, 251 pounds. He was the top performer in drills at the combine, including the 40 yard dash, which he ran in 4.68 seconds, quick for a tight end. He also showed great explosiveness in leading the broad jump with a 119″ showing. So, he is quite the physical specimen.

Here are his stats from his Notre Dame days:

2012 44 624 14.2 38 4 0 0 0.0 0 0
2011 63 803 12.7 38 5 0 0 0.0 0 0
2010 27 352 13.0 39 2 0 0 0.0 0 0

Check out his profile from our friends at NFL Mocks by clicking here.

And finally some video to get us going on Tyler Eifert’s play:

PROS: Very talented pass catcher. When I say that, I mean that he doesn’t catch the ball into his body, he uses his hands. It makes him look like a receiver that has been on the outside running routes his entire life. He also is accomplished as a route runner, and shows the ability to make yardage after the catch, a key element in the new system the Jets will be running.

CONS: The only real negative I could find on this guy, and I had to work hard to do it was that he needs to block better. He blocks “well”, but could improve. Couldn’t all tight ends at this age?

I would love to see the Jets take a shot at this guy maybe early in the second round.

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  • Dustin Schrank

    couldn’t agree more 2nd round for sure. he holds on to the ball through some vicious hits and has great foot work not just in route running but knowing where the sideline is and the back of the endzone always seems to come down with the ball and manages to stay inbounds. we need a big TE to help this inept offense.

    • TheJetPress

      he looks like he would be a good addition to me. Do you think they should trade back into the late first round to make sure they get him?

  • matr dontelli iii

    i’m thinking maybe with their second first rounder they can trade back a few spots and gain an extra pick and grab him instead of austin, while banking on goodwin to provide what austin might have. at that point they could possibly get hayden smith on the field some as a second te if he was, indeed, as uncoverable in practice as mr t said. on another front, despite everyone’s declarations that tebow is gone, do you think mornhinweg may possibly have a use for him and they keep him? not that i’m rooting that way, just a thought against the grain. i thought just the fake punts were almost worth his salary, if they can stifle the media when they start asking questions about him. i mean who is ever succesful on three fake punts in a single season!?!

    • TheJetPress

      That is good to think out of the box, but I don’t see Tim staying. The headache was unbearable and unnessary.