2013 NFL mock draft: Tyler Eifert to Green Bay Packers

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Bracing for the eventual loss of Jermichael Finley, the Packers may seek his replacement in Round 1.

For the past four years, tight end Jermichael Finley has been an at-times integral part of the Green Bay Packers' passing attack. As he enters the final year of his contract and looks for a big pay day next off-season, however, it's possible that the Packers will begin grooming his replacement in Mike McCarthy's offense - and find that replacement in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
26. Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame TE 6'6" 251 JR

Tex Western: "With Johnathan Hankins off the board, we are solid on Eifert, who is easily the best tight end in this year's draft class. Ted Thompson preaches taking the best player available without reaching for a particular position. Though we think the Packers need some substantial help at running back and on the defensive line, drafting Eifert seems to fit with both the Packers’ strategy and a long-term need.

"For the immediate future, Eifert's presence would give the Packers a dual tight end package that would be among the better combinations in the league. Teams consistently ran Cover 2 defenses against the Packers in 2012 to take away the big passing plays, and what better way to break those schemes than with two big targets who can make plays down the seams? In the run game, he's almost certainly already a better blocker than Finley, which could mean he'd be used in-line to let Finley split out wide more often as a receiver.

"Looking beyond the 2013 season, the tight end position is a bit of a question mark as Finley is currently in a contract year. If he manages to perform like an All-Pro, he'll price himself out of Green Bay; if he doesn't, I expect he won't be brought back even at a lower salary. That would leave a big hole in the passing game, with a handful of as-yet unproven players to fill it. Eifert would bring another talented receiving weapon to the Packers' passing game and giving him a season to develop before making him the go-to tight end in the offense would certainly be beneficial.

"All in all, selecting Eifert makes sense to us from all sides. An attempt to trade down is certainly not out of the question, but without any highly ranked defensive linemen dropping to 26 we think Eifert provides very good value at a position that could use help both immediately and into the future."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

If the Packers really wanted to take a defensive lineman with this pick, the only one that makes sense is Jesse Williams of Alabama. It’s true, he was on the nose for the entirety of the 2012 season at Alabama. But the season before he played well as a defensive end. He may be 323 pounds, but he’s not immobile. Don’t forget that Alabama used him at fullback last season. But if they don’t like Williams, or some other defensive lineman, Eifert is a smart choice. He will be among the best players available at this spot and can help in the run and pass game. Eifert is athletic enough to go up and get tough passes, but savvy enough to stay on the line and block.

Battle Red Blog will be making their pick for the Houston Texans at 3PM ET. Come back and take a peek at it, won't you?

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
20 D.J. Fluker * OT Alabama 6'5" 339
21 DeAndre Hopkins * WR Clemson 6'1" 214
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
23 Cornelius Carradine DE Florida State 6'4" 276
24 Keenan Allen * WR California 6'2" 206

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
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