- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ertz joined Cowherd on "The Herd" this morning and Cowherd couldn't stop singing his praises.
I think he will emerge in this league initially and just blowup. He is a tight end who they say is the best blocking tight end in this draft and can go vertical. He did not play on a team with another passing threat. And yet had several catches over 30 and 20 yards.
The unanimous All-American was the leading receiver for the Cardinal, catching 69 balls for 898 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 64.1 receiving yards per game. Cowherd even went so far as to say he believes Ertz will be a better NFL player than Coby Fleener, who paired with Ertz at Stanford and was a favorite target of Andrew Luck.
I think I can play in any system to be honest. I was used all over the field at Stanford. Whether it's a pro-style or more of a spread offense, I'd fit in great in either one. Stanford is a run-first team and being in that run-first offense has set me up well for the next level.
Ertz showed up big time in Stanford's biggest games in 2012. He had either the tying or go-ahead touchdown catch versus USC, Oregon State and Oregon.
Depending on which mock draft you believe, Ertz is either going late in the first round or early in the second round. ESPN's Todd McShay rated Notre Dame's Eifert -- the Mackey Award winner -- as the No. 22 player in his top 32 with Ertz checking in at No. 28. Mel Kiper Jr. has Eifert at No. 18 on his Big Board and does not list Ertz.
Ertz said he met with just about every team at the combine.
I met formally with well over half of the league and then I met informally with the other half. I thought each team was somewhat interested. I think I had a very good college career so I think all of the teams were pretty interested.
You know which side of the debate the Pac-12 blog comes down on.