Te'o comes in at No. 10, with Eifert wrapping things up at No. 25.
Would have been second interior linebacker taken in 2012 draft after Luke Kuechly. Developed in 2011, showing blitzing skills. Big, strong tackling presence in the middle of the field. Reads plays well and gets through traffic.
The blocking tight end is a bit of a misnomer in the NFL -- there just aren't that many, and coaches aren't looking. Eifert is the new class; a former WR, he catches the ball with ease and can split out and create size mismatches and stretch the seams. Top TE in the class.
Kiper also ranks his top-5 players at each position for both senior and junior classes. Te'o is the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect among seniors,
and Eifert — who will technically have one more year of eligibility after this season -- is the top junior tight end.
Manti Te'o has been an impact player from day one in South Bend and developed as a blitzer last year. He reads the game well, takes great angles and makes tackles all over the field. Had he been in the 2012 draft, I'm pretty confident he would have been taken in the first round. He should work his way into the upper half of Round 1 in 2013.