Tyler Eifert Wants To Be Jimmy GrahamFebruary 23rd, 2013
Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik always talks about getting quarterback Josh Freeman toys. Though the Bucs have Dallas Clark, he is in the dusk of his career. A free agent, there is no guarantee Clark will return to Tampa Bay in 2013.
So some have suggested the Bucs will go after a tight end in the first two days of the draft, which is not an unreasonable proposition.
One tight end to keep an eye on is Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, who is projected to go anywhere from late first round to the second round.
Noted draft expert Mike Mayock of the NFL Network believes Eifert is one of the three best tight ends available and those three, said Mayock, are interchangeable in that all three have equal skills.
Eifert spoke to the assembled scribes Friday at the NFL combine and Joe got a few quotes from Eifert, who likens himself to Jimmy Graham.
“I have spent a lot of time working on my blocking, my footwork, my head placement, things that really make a difference,” Eifert said. “I think I am a better but not where I want to be. There is room for improvement and I think I have. I have made a conscious effort to improve.
“I strive to be a complete tight end. I’m not there yet.”
As for his strengths, Eifert was specific.
“Catching the ball in traffic, making contested catches, create mismatches and get downfield,” Eifert said.
Eifert knows he’s about to hit the lottery. With the NFL becoming a pass-happy league where all the advantages go to receivers, Eifert counts his blessings for his good timing.
“I am lucky to be coming in at a time where the type of tight end that I am is being used quite a bit in the passing game,” Eifert said. “A tight end that crates mismatch problems.”
Joe wouldn’t mind if Dominik took a chance with Eifert, who is being trained by former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Sure, Greg Schiano wants a run-oriented offense. But with a guy like offensive line coach Bob Bostad on the Bucs coaching staff, Joe is confident he can make Eifert a complete tight end and improve his blocking technique.