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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Where ND draft prospects stack up

By Matt Fortuna

One week remains until Day 1 of the NFL draft, when a pair of former Notre Dame players are expected to hear their names called in New York. Figuring out Tyler Eifert's and Manti Te'o's destinations seems to get trickier by the day, as is the case with most prospects whose lives are about to change next weekend.

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. give it a try again this week, this time with a much more comprehensive package of items that try to better project the first three rounds.

McShay released his latest tier rankings , which group players according to ratings. Eifert is grouped with Tier 3, at No. 15 overall, while Te'o is a tier below, at No. 24 overall.

Mel Kiper Jr., meanwhile, released his "Grade A" draft , which acts in the best interest of each NFL team, with three rounds of picks per franchise . Kiper has Te'o going 15th overall to the New Orleans Saints, while he has Eifert going at No. 17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Eifert remains at No. 12 on Kiper's 25-man Big Board , with Te'o dropping one spot to No. 18.  Both players remain atop Kiper's rankings of top-five players by position , with Stanford's Zach Ertz coming in at No. 2 among tight ends and Georgia's Alec Ogletree the biggest threat to Te'o top spot at inside linebacker.

You can go against Kiper in the analyst's draft tool here , putting your spin on things and seeing the fallout that can have on the rest of the draft. Scouts Inc., meanwhile, has a board by both position and round that paints a bigger, clearer picture of draft day .