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TYLER EIFERT Tight End NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH #80 6-5, 252 4.80 Fort Wayne, Ind. Bishop Dwenger High School
Eifert was a little known recruit out of high school, choosing Notre Dame over Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue.
After redshirting in 2009, he earned his way onto the field in 2010 as a redshirt freshman, finishing with 27 catches for 352 yards (13.3) and two touchdowns. Eifert had his most productive season in 2011 as a junior (13 starts), recording 63 receptions (tops in the nation among tight ends) for 803 yards and five touchdowns, earning numerous All-American honors.
He led the Irish in receiving in 2012 as a junior with a team-best 50 catches for 685 yards and four touchdowns, winning the Mackey Award (Nation's top tight end). Eifert decided to skip his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Eifert was a 215-pound receiver out of high school who didn't receive too many scholarship offers, but has developed into one of the top all-around tight ends to enter the NFL Draft in recent memory.
He was Notre Dame's No. 1 offensive weapon in 2012, lining up out wide as a receiver or in-line as a traditional tight end, and was the type of target defensive coordinators had to game plan against. Eifert is a fluid pass-catcher with vacuum hands and the hand/eye coordination to make tough catches and, although he doesn't create a lot of space, he secures grabs in traffic, showing outstanding tracking and high-pointing ability.
He is a soft spoken guy, but an animal on the field and a much better blocker than given credit, improving in leaps and bounds the past three years with excellent effort - projects as a starting NFL tight end with excellent potential as both a receiver and blocker.
STRENGTHS: Solid frame with fluid body control and ballskills. Tough in a crowd, showing strong hands to make contested catches and a physical demeanor to come down with the ball in tight spaces.
Does a nice job gaining position in coverage with very good footwork, taking pride in his routes and showing much improvement in this area. Elevates well to go up and attack the ball, just needs a chance and chances are he'll come down with it - very good at mid-air adjustments, making a lot of catches with his feet off the ground.
Strong at the line of scrimmage to release and beat press coverage, using his hands and size very well. Has an excellent sense of his surroundings and always knows where the sticks are located, getting turned to show his QB his numbers. Willing blocker and doesn't shy from contact, flashing the aggressiveness and take-on strength to sustain, seal and finish in the run game.
Lines up in-line, in the slot and outside the numbers, showing the versatility to put his hand on the ground and hold his own in the trenches. Team-first guy and proudly wore the "C" on his jersey, giving full effort whether as a receiver or blocker.
Was productive in his three seasons, leaving Notre Dame with just about every school receiving record for a tight end including catches (140) and receiving yards (1,840). Eifert was a Mackey Award finalist in 2011 before winning the award in 2012.
WEAKNESSES: Has done a nice job adding weight to his frame, but appears maxed out physically. Lacks elite quickness in his break to consistently separate and is still growing as a route-runner. Has good, but not great, straight-line speed and can be caught from behind by linebackers. Will have some dropped passes at times and, while not a large concern, has room to improve his focus through the catch. Still growing as a blocker and needs to use better angles.
COMPARES TO: Heath Miller, TE, Steelers - While more athletic than Miller, Eifert has a similar skill-set with his ability to make tough catches in tight spaces, winning one-on-one situations. Also has the speed to be a threat vertically or down the seam.
Took over starting tight end responsibilities following the season-ending injury to Kyle Rudolph in 2010 ... named Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2010 ... hauled in 27 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns over his career ... enters 2011 as the starter at tight end ... played in season opener of freshman season (2009) but missed remainder of year after suffering back injury.
He has 90 receptions for 1,155 yards, and needs 39 catches and 605 receiving yards to break Ken MacAfee's school records by a tight end.
Appeared in 11 games for the Irish during his second season with the program (did not see game action against Boston College or Pittsburgh) ... named Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year ... registered six receptions of 20 yards or more ... 16 of 27 catches resulted in a touchdown or first down ... seven of nine receptions on third down plays resulted in a TD or first down ... played somewhat sparingly in each of the first four games (totaled one reception for 17 yards against Michigan) behind starting tight end Kyle Rudolph ... forced into the starting lineup following Rudolph's season-ending injury ... started the final seven games of the season and made a major impact for the Irish ... registered 352 yards receiving on 27 catches, including a pair of TDs ... averaged 17.0 yards per reception or more in three separate games (Michigan, Western Michigan and Army) ... snatched a 17-yard reception against Michigan ... started for the first time in his career against Stanford ... scored his first career touchdown on a career-long 39-yard reception against Western Michigan ... recorded four receptions for 42 yards against Navy ... hauled in five catches for 61 yards in the matchup with Tulsa ... registered two receptions for 15 yards in the victory over Utah ... his top game of his career came in the defeat of Army ... recorded four catches for a career-best 78 yards and one TD ... hauled in a 31-yard TD pass ... the TD reception was his second of the season and career ... also had a 35-yard grab to setup another TD ... registered a 22-yard reception to setup a first and goal situation late in the second quarter which led to an Irish TD at USC ... totaled six receptions of 20+ yards over the last seven games of the season ... totaled 434 snaps on offense, the most of any Irish tight end.
2012 John Mackey Award Winner...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.
Saw limited action during first campaign with Irish, playing in season opener against Nevada Wolf Pack ... did not record a catch in that contest.
Named to Indiana Class 4A first-team all-state team as a defensive back in 2008 by Associated Press ... named to Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State team as tight end as senior ... placed on all-Northeast Indiana first team by Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in 2008 ... rated as 10th-best prospect in Indiana according to Rivals.com's postseason state rankings ... rated as 12th-best tight end in the country by ESPN ... ranked 24th-best tight end according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... recorded nine touchdowns on offense and 97 tackles as well as five interceptions, returning one for a TD on defense as a senior in 2008 ... caught 33 passes for 586 yards and four TDs as a junior ... received honorable mention all-state accolades as a junior in 2007 ... tallied 40 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back during junior season ... logged minutes at tight end, wide receiver, linebacker and safety during senior season at Bishop Dwenger High School ... led team to perfect record entering Indiana 4A state championship game in 2008 ... SuperPrep named him 51st-best overall player in Midwest ... as junior his quarterback was current Irish wide receiver John Goodman ... played for head coach Chris Svarczkopf in high school.
Born Sept. 8, 1990 ... son of Greg and Julie Eifert ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.
Draft Scout Player News
10/18/17 - TE Tyler Eifert underwent season-ending back surgery and will complete his rehab in Cincinnati. Head coach Marvin Lewis said the surgery went well.
"We're really disappointed for the player," Lewis said. "We tried to stave this off for as long as we could. He's still young. There's an opportunity for him to get healthy." It's the second back procedure Eifert has undergone in the past year. Eifert played in 28 games in 2013 and 2015 combined, but only 11 combined over his other three seasons. He had 52 receptions for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns in his Pro-Bowl season in 2015, but just four catches for 46 yards in two games this year.
10/12/17 - Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending surgery on his back Thursday, multiple outlets reported. The Bengals made a move that reflects that decision as they placed Eifert on injured reserve Thursday. Eifert consulted with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles to determine if he should have micro-disk surgery, which will sideline him for four to six months. The surgical procedure on his back will be the third for the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder.
10/12/17 - TE Tyler Eifert was placed on reserve/injured Thursday because of a back injury and is expected to undergo surgery. Eifert, a fifth-year player, played in Games 1-2 this season with one start and had four catches for 46 yards. He was inactive for Games 3-5 due to the back injury.
10/11/17 - TE Tyler Eifert is considering season-ending surgery on his back, ESPN reported on Wednesday, citing sources. Eifert reportedly is consulting with doctors in Los Angeles to determine if he should have micro-disk surgery, which would sideline him for four to six months.
09/28/17 - TE Tyler Eifert is expected to miss multiple weeks with a back injury, a source told ESPN. Eifert did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and wasn't seen on the rehab field. Since having 13 touchdown passes in 2015, Eifert has played in only eight games due to back and ankle injuries. He had back surgery this past offseason and has four catches in limited duty through three games.