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New York Jets Draft Profile: Tyler Eifert

By Alan Schechter

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

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:

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.