Numerous mock drafts across the Internet have speculated that the New York Giants could select Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. However, it's still very early in the pre-draft process as the combine has yet to even take place. Numerous things can change with regards to team's needs and draft rankings over the next two months.
The perception that has developed regarding the Giants draft process is that they select the best available player. This perception surely adds some credence to the idea that the Giants select Eifert, because he is an extremely talented football player. At the 19th spot in the draft, some believe that Eifert fits the bill as the best player.
Regardless of how or why the Giants have been linked to Eifert, the question remains: does it make sense for the Giants to draft Eifert?
The answer is yes.
While it would not fill a perceived major need (or anywhere in the top three biggest needs), Eifert can bring a lot to the table for New York.
Martellus Bennett is currently a free agent and has yet to be re-signed. He had a breakout season catching over 50 balls, but the fact that the team has not been more active in the process of re-signing him is very telling. Even with Bennett in the fray last season, it never seemed as if Eli Manning was totally comfortable with one singular player as his third target.
Eifert becomes an attractive option when you pair his ability alongside Martellus Bennett to give Eli Manning multiple targets over the middle of the field. The New England Patriots have had a ton of success with this strategy. Pairing Aaron Hernandez with Rob Gronkowski has made it near impossible to defend their offense with linebackers and safeties.
As long as he is under center for the Giants, surrounding Eli Manning with multiple weapons will always be a priority for the Giants. The prospect of re-signing Bennett and adding another talented tight end has to be an intriguing option for the Giants front office.
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