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Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame and Zac Ertz of Stanford were neck-and-neck when it came to the debate of who was the better tight end prospect. Then the combine happened and Eifert went ahead and led TEs in every category. 40-yard time, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, you name it, Eifert led.
He's not just all tangibles, though. He's a smart player and an incredible receiver. Paired with his impressive size and his growing improvement as a blocker, he could see starting time.
Standing in his way is Pro-Bowler Jermaine Gresham. Coming out of Oklahoma, Gresham has been Andy Dalton's second favorite target on the team and has over 1,200 receiving yards and 11 TDs in the past two seasons. Despite all that, he's drawn the ire of fans for his dropped passes (he had six in the regular season).
Eifert is undoubtedly a better receiver, but Gresham's experience and proven talent might prove too much for the rookie to take the starting job. Eifert's best hope is for two-TE sets, but when it comes to the depth chart, he'll likely be No. 2 this season
Chance to start: 40 percent