Is New York's rotating door at the tight end position about to get slammed shut in the draft?
The New York Giants let Kevin Boss leave after the 2010 draft and then won a Super Bowl in 2011 with Jake Ballard at tight end. Ballard had 38 catches for 604 yards that season but, after tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl, he was picked up on waivers by the New England Patriots. The Giants then turned to Martellus Bennett in 2012 and he was just as productive, catching 55 passes for 626 yards -- even if New York did not reach the postseason.
Will the Giants re-sign Bennett, or will they find a tight end of the future in the draft? Rob Rang of CBS Sports thinks that they will do the latter and projected Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert to New York in his latest mock draft:
On paper the Giants appear to have filled the hole at tight end with the addition of rookie Adrien Robinson and veteran Martellus Bennett. Robinson is very raw, however, and Bennett only signed a one-year deal. The 6-5, 249 pound Eifert is considered a more athletic version of past Irish tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson, who were second-round picks.
Eifert is considered to be the top tight end in the draft by NFL Draft Scout and should immediately fill a role in the starting rotation, should the Giants decide to take him at pick No. 19.