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Last Week: 1
Holds on to the top spot with Tavon Austin sliding. Eifert is the top-ranked rookie for the second week in a row.
At 6'5" and 250 pounds, he was timed at 6.92 in the 3-cone while at the scouting combine.
College Tape: 16.4/20
His tape is a series of impressive catches and inspired play throughout. There is no doubt Eifert was the heart of the Notre Dame offense last season. His combination of height and athleticism helped him terrorize opposing defenses on a weekly basis.
College Production: 4.1/5
Of all the tight ends I scouted this year, Eifert was tops in total yards from scrimmage throughout his career.
Team Fit: 2.8/3
Having to share time with Jermaine Gresham forces the Bengals to get more creative with how they use their rookie tight end, which can be a good thing considering his versatility. Andy Dalton needs to step up and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden needs to flex his play-calling muscles this season.
Early Opportunity: 1.9/2
Splitting time with Gresham, as mentioned earlier, will take some of his opportunities away, but he'll be on the field more than not this season.
Camp Buzz: 5/5
Gruden praises Eifert (via foxnews.com):
He's done everything we thought and more. He's just one of those guys that when he makes a play, you kind of look around and see if anybody else saw what he just did. He's running routes and catching the ball. He's very natural at what he does. He can beat man coverage no problem. He can beat zones. He's got a great feel for the game.
Preseason Game 1: 3.6/5
Though he did struggle at times, the rookie managed to make a few decent blocks (an area he was criticized for coming out of college) and he made a nice catch that was called back because of a penalty away from the ball.
Ryan Riddle is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a contributor to Footballguys.com. Before B/R, Ryan was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and spent time with the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Avengers.