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Tyler Eifert is a great NFL draft prospect; could he play for the Bucs in 2013?
At this time, it is very unlikely that the man who will start at tight end for the Bucs in 2013 is currently on the roster.
Think about it: Dallas Clark, last year's starter, is a free agent, and no moves are being made to sign him. The TEs under contract are all extremely unproven, with recent addition Tom Crabtree and Luke Stocker being the only ones with a real chance at starting. But neither has totaled more than 300 receiving yards in a season.
There's a shortage of starting-caliber free-agent tight ends. The closest guy available is Fred Davis, who has a recent history of injuries.
Without anywhere else to turn (outside a trade, but let's be somewhat realistic), the Bucs will look to the draft for their tight end of the future.
Possible selections include Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert or Stanford's Zach Ertz. Though neither is worthy of the 13th pick overall, at least one of the two should be available by the time Tampa Bay's on the clock in Round 2.