Oct. 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) catches a touchdown pass as Stanford Cardinal cornerback Terrence Brown (6) defends in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 20-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Eifert Surpasses Expectations, Becomes First Round Pick

Oct 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown against Stanford Cardinal cornerbacks Devon Carrington (5) and Terrence Brown (6) at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame defeats Stanford in overtime 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Eifert was a 3-star prospect in the 2009 class. Following what could have been career ending surgery, Eifert became a go to player for the Fighting Irish. Now, Eifert is the 21st pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Reviewing the 2009 Rivals rankings, the recruiting service had Tyler Eifert ranked as the 24th best Tight End in the country. Efiert surpassed those rankings to become the 1st Tight End off the board.

In his career at Notre Dame, Eifert set the school record for receptions with 140 grabs in the three years that he played. He totaled 1,840 receiving and served as a captain during the 2012 season that saw Notre Dame go undefeated.

Eifert proved that he was top Tight End in the 2013 draft by performing well at the combine. He ran a 4.65 second 40-yard dash. He also has a 35.5 inch vertical jump. Eifert checks in at 6’6″ 250lbs.

Eifert joins Head Coach Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. He will be apart of an Offense that is commanded by 3rd year starter Andy Dalton. Eifert will be a weapon with Wide Receiver A.J. Green and Tight End Jermaine Gresham.

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