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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins select Tyler Eifert

The Dolphins lost Anthony Fasano in free agency but could replace him and then some by drafting Eifert.

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

In the latest edition of SB Nation's NFL mock draft by Dan Kadar, the Miami Dolphins give quarterback Ryan Tannehill another weapon to work with by taking Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert with the No. 12 overall pick.

Last year during Notre Dame's run to the BCS National Championship game, Eifert was their leading receiver with 50 catches, 685 yards and four touchdowns.

Eifert is the consensus top tight end coming into the NFL this season. Going this high might be somewhat of a reach with most pundits projecting him about 10 spots later, but Eifert fits into Miami's system beautifully.

Whenever a young quarterback is involved, it's never a bad idea to have a reliable tight end for those check-down situations. Eifert would fit the bill, and with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline on the outside, the Dolphins would suddenly have a formidable passing attack.

At 6'5 and 250 pounds, Eifert is a match-up nightmare who can run by linebackers and physically abuse corners. Eifert can also block, making him the total package for Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

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