2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tyler Eifert joins Buccaneers

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Here's a name we haven't heard often enough in mock drafts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Eifert. He's the consensus best tight end in the draft, and the Bucs' biggest hole on the offensive side of the ball is at tight end. They simply do not have a capable pass-catcher, and certainly not someone who can then also serve as a blocker. Eifert is not a monstrous blocker, but he's adequate. His best skill is making contested catches, though, and that will serve accuracy-challenged Josh Freeman very well.

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In this case, both Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes are gone by the 13th pick, leaving the Bucs with no quality cornerbacks to pick at that position. Eifert may be the best fit in that case. Here's what Dan Kadar had to say about the selection.

If the top two cornerbacks are taken before Tampa picks, look for the Bucs to be another team trying to trade back. If they stay at this spot, Eifert is a smart choice. Josh Freeman needs a dependable receiving target, and Eifert is easily the best tight end in the class.

I could certainly live with this selection, although the Bucs would have to make sure to address the cornerback position more than adequately in free agency. Right now, that position is a mess, and it is the team's most urgent need.

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