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Tyler Eifert

Former Notre Dame and Bishop Dwenger tight end Tyler Eifert talks about the advice he received from former Irish tight end Kyle Rudolph about the NFL and carrying on the universityâ??s tradition of sending tight ends to the league. By Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

Eifert stays calm as draft approaches

Tyler Eifert felt like it was a game day when he woke up this morning.

The former Notre Dame and Bishop Dwenger tight end woke up at about 7:30 a.m., knowing he could find out his football future tonight as the first round of the NFL draft is held.

"I always wake up early (on game days) and just kind of lay there, not being able to sleep in," Eifert said about two hours before the draft.

Eifert will watch the draft at his parents' home with about 100 family members and friends gathered to watch the first round with him.

Among those at the Eifert's house were some of Tyler's former Notre Dame teammates. Eifert said John Goodman, who also played with Eifert at Dwenger, along with quarterback Tommy Rees, tight end Alex Welch and offensive linemen Zack Martin, Chris Watt and Christian Lombard.

Eifert didn't let his nerves get to him too much during the day, as he helped his parents get the house ready for the draft party, and he got 16 holes of golf in with Goodman.

"I've kept myself busy," Eifert said. "It hasn't been too bad."

Eifert said he will be focused on watching the TV as the draft unfolds, and he will have his phone in his hand to feel it vibrate when a team calls.

"There is nothing more I can do, so I'm just going to sit and wait," Eifert said.

Eifert turned down the chance to go to New York for the first round of the draft and declined having the NFL Network and ESPN come to his parents' house to cover him during the draft.

"I don't want the camera on me the entire draft. I'm trying to enjoy it," Eifert said. "They are watching you non-stop. If you're supposed to be picked then someone else gets picked, then they do the split screen of the person who got picked and the person who didn't. I just wanted to enjoy it with my friends and family and not worry about the cameras."