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Catching the ball at its highest point much?
Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert is by far and away the stud of this 2013 tight end class.
Standing at 6’6’’, 251 pounds with 33’’ arms, Eifert produced the highest scores at the combine for all drills among his positional counterparts.
He ran a 4.68-second 40, put up 22 reps on the bench and recorded a 35.5-inch vertical, among other leading marks.
Eifert translates that elite athleticism onto the football field.
The former standout on the Fighting Irish is a dangerous weapon on all areas of the gridiron with the versatility to operate in-line, out wide and everywhere in between.
He runs crisp routes and never misses a contested catch in traffic, always snaring the ball at its highest point.
Eifert matches his proficiency in the passing game with in-line blocking skills that are constantly improving. He’s much more of a tenacious warrior than what people would normally think.
When we picture Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers, who possibly could better mesh with and elevate this offensive system than Eifert?
He’s a versatile do-it-all tight end who blocks, catches and assists in the run game—a sort of Delanie Walker on steroids, if you will.
Instead of moving up to No. 18 for Eric Reid, the 49ers could have grabbed Eifert and transformed their offense into one of the most dynamic in football.
Say goodbye to one heck of a luxury pick—but one that would have paid some unimaginable dividends.