The Bengals had been expected to take a safety (like Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien) or a running back (like Alabama's Eddie Lacy). Instead, they went with the top-rated tight end in the draft.
In a league that is emphasizing tight ends, the Bengals can team Eifert with Jermaine Gresham, a first-round pick three years ago. This provides an excellent red-zone target for quarterback Andy Dalton. Eifert was targeted 15 times in the end zone last season, nine more than any other Fighting Irish player, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Eifert has excellent size at 6-foot-5 and plays like an oversized receiver. The knock is he doesn't have top-end speed but he can catch in traffic.