Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert could be an option for the Denver Broncos with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, if NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's mock draft is any indication.
Eifert has 44 catches for 624 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season with the Irish, who will face Alabama in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7. Eifert's production was better in 2011, when he caught 63 balls for 803 yards and five scores. Still, he brings a level of skill that is superior to the Broncos' current tight end corps, says Brugler:
The Broncos have Peyton Manning for the next year or two and should put as many weapons around him as possible. Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme are both solid players, but neither have the playmaking ability of the athletic tight end out of Notre Dame.
The Broncos did not have a first-round pick last season, but their top picks in the years before that are notable. In 2011, Denver drafted Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick. A year earlier, the team selected Demaryius Thomas at No. 22 and Tim Tebow at No. 25.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is projected by Brugler to go No. 1 in the draft, to the Kansas City Chiefs.