Muench: Stanford-ND was TE bonanza
The Cardinal's Zach Ertz caught four passes for 55 yards and the Irish's Tyler Eifert caught four for 57, including the game-tying touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Stanford's Levine Toilolo had no catches but had far tougher blocking assignments than the other two.
Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench evaluated each through the prism of that game , and he loves Eifert's ability to snag 50-50 balls, which was never on display more than in his 24-yard score that helped knot the game at 10. The blocking can get better, Muench said, but the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Eifert matches up favorably with recent Irish draft pick Kyle Rudolph.
The story is on Insider, so you'll have to be a member to read it. But right now Ertz grades out the best among the three, with a mark of 83. Eifert is 80 and Toilolo is 79.
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