8. Tyler Eifert, TE-Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Eifert came out of the 2013 draft as a first round pick that everyone was hoping would be the next great Notre Dame tight end. Following in the footsteps of Dave Casper and Mark Bavaro a lot is expected of any Norte Dame tight end drafted in the first round.
Eifert had a decent rookie year amassing 445 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 and a lot of experts expected him to take the next step in 2014.
Unfortunately during the opening week of the 2014 season he suffered a dislocated elbow that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season.
The Cincinnati Bengals did not re-sign Jermaine Gresham this season, so the tight end position is all Eifert’s. Early reports out of camp are that he is making the most of his opportunity. Eifert has all the talent to become a top tight end in the NFL.
If healthy expect Eifert to be a Top 5 tight end, by the end of the season, at a bargin basement draft position. At the least he should be a prime Red Zone target and put up solid touchdown numbers.