Thursday, March 28, 2013
Eifert, Te'o first-rounders in McShay mock
By Matt Fortuna
Todd McShay released his latest mock draft Thursday, with this one going two full rounds.
Both Tyler Eifert and Manti Te'o see their names come off the board late in the first round, with Eifert going to the Chicago Bears at No. 20 and Te'o getting scooped up by the Denver Broncos eight picks later, at No. 28.
McShay thinks Eifert can help create mismatches and take the Bears' offense to the next level, despite the fact they just signed tight end Martellus Bennett, while he says Te'o would be a perfect fit for a Denver defense that is strong up front.
Elsewhere, both players remain on Mel Kiper Jr.'s 25-man Big Board, with Eifert moving up one spot to No. 15 and Te'o dropping three spots to No. 20 .
Kiper says Eifert has separated himself among tight ends and is an underrated blocker, while Te'o answered questions about his speed and has enough evidence on game film to show he can be an immediate impact player in the NFL from Day 1. Kiper says the first round seems now like a lock for the former Notre Dame linebacker.
Both players remain atop their position groups in Kiper's top-5 by position rankings , with Stanford's Zach Ertz and Georgia's Alec Ogletree again coming in at No. 2 at tight end and inside linebacker, respectively.