Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert - USA TODAY Sports
With a small crop of tight ends in the draft, every little bit of data is critical in their evaluations. See whose stock rose and fell as a result of the combine.
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Eifert had an impressive all-around workout, putting up solid numbers across the board. His 4.68 time in the 40 is very good for a player his size, and his leaping ability was on display with a 35.5-inch vertical. He also put up the best time at the position in the cone drill and was just short of the top time in the short shuttle. His workout numbers definitely helped solidify his position as the top tight end in this class.
Dion Sims, Michigan State
Sims showed up in Indy slimmed down and looking more like a big, athletic tight end than a small offensive tackle. It showed in his workout too, as he ran his 40 in 4.75 seconds and also showed good explosiveness with a 35 inch vertical. He's not especially quick or agile, but teams will undoubtedly be encouraged by his slimmer frame.
Vance McDonald, Rice
As the leader on the bench press at the tight end position with 31 reps, McDonald looks the part of a strong blocking tight end. He showed good speed as well, running the 49 in 4.69 seconds. His quickness leaves something to be desired, but as a big, physical target he should get a stronger look on the second day of the draft.
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
For someone touted as a prospect whose physicality and athleticism would drive him up the boards, Escobar's 40 time didn't live up to the hype. He ran a relatively slow 4.84 seconds and was only okay in the quickness department. That straight-line speed might not be a huge deal for him, but it was a bit of a head-scratcher and will likely cause some scouts to look at him a little differently.
Zach Ertz, Stanford
Ertz certainly didn't have a bad day at the combine, but for anyone hoping to see him keep pace with Eifert it was a disappointment. The only drill where Ertz out-performed Eifert was on the bench press (24 reps to 22). Otherwise, he was slower, stiffer, and less explosive, and may have missed out on his best chance to prove that he's the better prospect.