if you cant trade down at 12 i would take eifert or patterson
We could likely trade back and get one of those two players in the early to mid 20s. While Eifert is the hot pick right now, he's honestly not a top half of the draft talent. His true value is somewhere in the 20s. Also, don't forget about Zach Ertz. While Eifert is seen as the top tightend in this draft, Ertz has just as much if not more upside. He had way better receiving numbers than Eifert this season. While Eifert's blocking may be better developed, Ertz is identical in height and weight to Eifert, and actually put up more reps on the bench at the combine. So strength isn't his issue. And don't sleep on Jordan Reed either. While we already have Charles Clay. Reed is a definite upgrade and an absolute weapon in the passing game who had very comparable numbers to Eifert.
Eifert catches everything, though. He had zero drops this year and his catch radius is huge. Ertz had 4 drops this year. Tha tdoesnt sound like a lot, but we lost several close games this year. Even one drop can make a difference.
Ertz had twenty more catches, over two hundred more yards, and two more touchdowns than Eifert. When comparing production, there is no comparison. Ertz is the bigger weapon. Eifert is talented, but he's more of a well-rounded tightend, not an elite pass catcher. Don't get too caught up in what you saw at the combine with Eifert's 4.68 40 yard dash:
After running the 40-yard dash in the 4.65 to 4.76 range back in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, Ertz improved that to as good as 4.57 on Thursday in front of scouts from all 32 teams. Ertz also put up a vertical leap of 30½ inches at the combine, but improved to 35½ inches at the Stanford Pro Day.
Ertz is a much better athlete than people think, maybe even better than Eifert. Bottom line, don't underestimate this kid. He is the best receiving threat at tightend in this draft.
Also, don't count out my mid-round draft crush in Toilolo.
Fellow tight end Levine Toilolo, one of the biggest tight ends in the draft at 6'8, ran a 40-yard dash in the low 4.7-second range with a vertical of 33½ inches and a broad jump of 9'9. Running back Stepfan Taylor ran the 40 in the 4.64 to 4.68 range, a little faster than the 4.76 he put up in Indianapolis.
Think about that for a second. 6'8" with 4.7 speed and 33 1/2 inch vert. Can you say redzone? Can you say inline blocker? He's exactly what we're looking for to complement Keller.