NFL Pro Bowl Tight End: Cincinnati Bengals
Career Highlights: Tyler Eifert, the Cincinnati Bengals 2013 first-round draft choice tight end, was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2015. Drafted out of the University of Notre Dame, Eifert finished his rookie season in 2013 with 39 receptions, 445 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In college at Notre Dame, Eifert shined in his final two seasons when as a junior he had 63 receptions for 803 yards and five touchdowns. He broke Notre Dame’s tight end single season receptions and receiving yards record and was named a 2011 John Mackey Award finalist – an honor given to college football’s most outstanding tight end. As a senior in 2012, he won the John Mackey Award and was named Second Team All-American by Associated Press after posting 50 receptions for 685 yards and four touchdowns. After playing in only one game in 2014 due to an elbow injury, Eifert finished the 2015 season with 52 receptions and 13 touchdowns, a Bengals franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end. He was ranked 44th by fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 list. In the first game of the season vs. Oakland, Eifert posted a career day with nine receptions and two touchdowns in a 33-13 win. Before injuring his back during the 2016 season, Eifert had his second 100-plus yard game of his career.