Eifert, Te'o moving up in rankings
Mel Kiper Jr. released the third version of his mock draft this week, projecting that, for the second time in two years, Notre Dame will have two players taken in the first round.
Kiper projects Tyler Eifert to go to Pittsburgh at No. 17 , with Manti Te'o going to the New York Giants two spots later. Kiper has the two back to back on his Big Board, which does not take into account NFL teams' needs. Eifert is No. 16 there , with Te'o at No. 17.
Both players remain atop their respective position groups on Kiper's top-five-by-position list.
Todd McShay, meanwhile, released his tier rankings , which break the nation's top 115 prospects down into seven different tiers.
Eifert and Te'o come in tiers 3 and 4, respectively, with Eifert the 17th overall prospect and Te'o the 26th.
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