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Although his numbers were better during his sophomore season, Eifert won the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end after he had a team-high 685 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with 50 catches and four touchdown receptions for a Notre Dame squad that was unbeaten before losing to Alabama in the national championship game. Eifert, the son of former Purdue basketball player Greg Eifert, is arguably the best tight end in this draft, with Stanford's Zach Ertz also in the conversation. The all-time leading receiver among Notre Dame tight ends with 140 catches, Eifert didn't have the luxury of an elite quarterback to work with during his college career, while Ertz played with Andrew Luck in his first two seasons. The Irish star is a tall tight end that provides a big target and creates matchup problems for opposing defenses. While not particularly fast, Eifert is quick enough to create separation from linebackers in coverage and is very adept at finding open space. He is an NFL-ready pass catcher with excellent hands and shows no fear when asked to make tough catches over the middle in traffic. A willing blocker that has improved in that area, Eifert will need to improve his technique to be an every-down tight end at the next level. He may have staked his claim at this draft's top tight end with an impressive showing at the combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds, touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump, posted a broad jump of 9 feet, 11 inches and benched 225 pounds 22 times. Almost certain to be taken in the first round, Eifert's combine showing could be enough to make him one of the top 20 picks.