Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz are the top-two tight ends in the 2013 NFL draft class. Initially, they seem like carbon copies of each other.
Upon further inspection, there are nuances that set Notre Dame’s Eifert apart as the better prospect.
Many NFL mock drafts have Eifert going higher than Ertz (ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. & Todd McShay [subscription required] both have Eifert projected as a first-rounder and Ertz as a high second-rounder), but the argument for Eifert is not yet hackneyed. Though he is graded 1.1 points higher than Ertz on NFL.com, it would not be out of the question for a team to draft the Stanford tight end higher. Ertz posted impressive receiving totals (898 yards and six touchdowns) in his first season out of Coby Fleener’s shadow.
Even considering Ertz’s great junior season, Eifert is still the smarter pick. The following are reasons why Tyler Eifert’s game will translate better from college to the pros.