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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:43 am 
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Barry Jackson wrote:
“There’s one guy that can change this offense and that’s Tyler Eifert,” Buoniconti, a Notre Dame alum, said of the 6-6 Fighting Irish tight end and former receiver.

“But I’m not sure the Dolphins have the vision to get him,” Buoniconti said. “If he stays healthy, he will re-write the tight end record books. He’s that good. If the Dolphins had any sense of wanting to improve the team down the middle and open it up for other receivers, this is the guy. He’s a gem.

“I’m sure he doesn’t fit the mold for the Dolphins. He’s too good.”


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:23 am 
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Barry Jackson wrote:

“I’m sure he doesn’t fit the mold for the Dolphins. He’s too good.”


I had to laugh at that part. Kinda sums up the last 13 years of our team.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:55 am 
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I am 100% with Buoniconti. Eifert is a guy that has the potential to be like another Rob Gronkowski and Miami should absolutely look to target him.

In fact, I would trade out of our number two pick and get this kid in the later first round. Rookie salaries are much more friendly these days and Miami needs play makers. Taking him at 12 obviously doesn't make sense but from perhaps pick 20 on, you hope Miami gets more aggressive.


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Wow. What an butt.

Shocker that he's a Notre Dame alum. Way to be objective, dude.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:31 pm 
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Finhead34 wrote:
Eifert is a guy that has the potential to be like another Rob Gronkowski ...


That's what I would think since he's a former receiver and is a good blocker, but Russ Lande compares him more to Heath Miller or Kyle Rudoph.


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But Sporting News analyst Russ Lande said Eifert “is not a guy like Rob Gronkowski who will run away from people and run people over.” Some evaluators have raised Heath Miller and Kyle Rudolph as more appropriate comparisons.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:38 pm 
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Wow. What an butt.

Shocker that he's a Notre Dame alum. Way to be objective, dude.


I tend to agree with you on this one.

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i've been thinking that it is possible we could get Patterson to play receiver at pick 12 and Eifert might be there at pick 42. Instant jolt to the offense.


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swerve13 wrote:
i've been thinking that it is possible we could get Patterson to play receiver at pick 12 and Eifert might be there at pick 42. Instant jolt to the offense.


Eifert is a nice TE, and I would be happy to look to possibly take him in the 2nd round. I just don't like the way Bouniconti came out his mouth.

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Did he say the same things about John Carlson? I'm sure he also said Brady Quinn is the next Dan Marino.

I really like the idea of getting Eifert but that was a dumb approach.


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Buoniconti has the right idea, but it just came across too strong. Eifert in my opinion will become a force and a future pro bowler. It might be too much for Miami to take him at 12, but once again, I hope they trade back into the late part of the first round and snag him!


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I'm not sure if I'd want a tight end taken in the first round, but that is becoming a very dependable playmaker position as linebackers are having problems covering them. According to this article from last year, the bust potential is low.

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There have been a lot of articles written about the dearth of first-round running backs selected of late. But the reality is that more running backs were taken in the first round than quarterbacks over the last decade.

If you want a position truly underrepresented in the first round, tight end is the better pick. We haven't seen two tight ends taken in the first round since 2006, and we probably won't see any taken that high in 2012, for a second consecutive season.

Here are ATL's best first-round tight end picks over the last 10 years. As always, we are basing the ranking on past performance with future expectations mixed in. We discussed our best quarterback and running back picks previously.


1. Vernon Davis, 49ers (No. 6, 2006)
2. Dallas Clark, Colts (No. 24, 2003)
3. Heath Miller, Steelers (No. 30, 2005)
4. Kellen Winslow, Browns (No. 6. 2004)
5. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions (No. 20, 2009)
6. Jeremy Shockey, Giants (No. 14, 2002)
7. Dustin Keller, Jets (No. 30, 2008)
8. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars (No. 28, 2006)
9. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals (No. 21, 2010)
10. Daniel Graham, Patriots (No. 21, 2002)
11. Greg Olsen, Bears (No. 31, 2007)
12. Ben Watson, Patriots (No. 32, 2004)
13. Jerramy Stevens, (No. 28, 2002)

The bust rate of first-round tight ends over the last decade is exceptionally low. Guys like Lewis, Gresham, and Graham were good picks; solid starters. Watson is second-to-last on this list, but even he was a reasonably productive player.

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I still think we should go after Keller... He would be a nice upgrade to Fasano without loosing the blocking abilities.

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Dave excellent article and IF Miami decided to draft Eifert at 12, the guy is a day one starter talent, so IMO that is not a wasted pick and it is a need upgrade on an offense that desperately needs upgrading.

Grab Mike Wallace in Free agency, then you have two immediate upgrades to the offense. However, my strategy is still draft a starter for the defense, then trade one of your two's and another pick to go Back into the first round especially if Eifert lasts past pick 20 and you just get the kid.

I see him baring injury being around the NFL a long time helping an offense.


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i still think we can get a stud tight end in round 2.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Cook, Keller, Davis, Myers and Bennett escaped the tag.

My money is on one of them, Fasano and Clay being the TEs in 2013.

I don't see Eifert being an option unless Miami reaches for him at 12.


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jammer wrote:
Cook, Keller, Davis, Myers and Bennett escaped the tag.

My money is on one of them, Fasano and Clay being the TEs in 2013.

I don't see Eifert being an option unless Miami reaches for him at 12.


With 4 Day 2 picks, I'm more than willing to move up to get him at the end of round 1.

But I agree. I think they sign a TE in Free Agency. My money is on Keller.


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Finhead34 wrote:
Grab Mike Wallace in Free agency, then you have two immediate upgrades to the offense.


I do have to agree that adding Wallace and Eifert would be two really nice playmaking weapons on the offense. It does sound very intriguing.

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