Feb 24, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT
It’s been a very good weekend for Tyler Eifert. The former Irish tight end, the Mackey Award winner for 2012, took to Indianapolis this weekend to solidify his draft stock. He more than did that, putting on a show for NFL scouts as he proved himself superior physically to the other elite tight ends in the draft, stating his case very loudly for being a first round pick.
“I think the tight ends, the day has belonged to Tyler Eifert,” Mike Mayock said on the NFL Network.
At the top of the heap at the position is Eifert, Stanford’s Zach Ertz and San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar. All three were expected to put up impressive measureables, with the prevailing logic having Escobar and Ertz maybe a step or two better than the Irish All-American.
Yet Eifert put on an impressive display of athleticism to go along with his 6-foot-5½, 250-pound frame. He vertical leaped almost 36 inches, while repping 225-pounds 22 times. Apples-to-apples against Ertz, Eifert bested him almost everywhere, out running, jumping and shuttle-running the Stanford All-American in every drill but bench press, where Ertz did 24 reps. Even Eifert’s arms were longer, a peculiarity that somehow means quite a bit at an event like the NFL Scouting Combine.
“If you’re talking about a potential first-round draft pick amongst Eifert, Ertz and Escobar, I think (Eifert) had the best day from a measurable perspective,” Mayock said.