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NFL Draft 2013: Denver a possible destination for Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert?

The Denver Broncos might use their first-round pick to give Peyton Manning a playmaker at tight end.

Jared Wickerham

The Denver Broncos might have their sights set on picking Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com.

Brugler posits that the Broncos could use a tight end who is more of a playmaker and more athletic than the team's current stable of tight ends -- Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, and believes that Eifert would fill that bill adequately while giving Peyton Manning yet another quality offensive weapon at his disposal.

The 6'6, 250-pound Eifert, who is ranked by ESPN as the second best tight end in the 2013 draft class behind Stanford's Zach Ertz, caught 44 passes for 624 yards and four touchdowns for the Irish in 2012.

It should be noted that Brugler has the Broncos projected to pick 32nd, which would mean that Manning and company will be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the first Sunday in February. Fellow CBSSports.com draft expert Rob Rang also has the Broncos pegged to pick 32nd, but believes that Denver will select Florida Gators' defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, in an attempt to bolster a defensive line that might be gutted by free agency.