Notre Dame junior TE Michael Mayer caught eight passes for 103 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 26-21 loss to Marshall.Mayer's lone touchdown came on a garbage-time score from five yards out on a pass thrown by Drew Pyne. In a game where the Irish struggled to do anything of note, Mayer shined like the top tight end prospect in the nation against Marshall. Mayer would haul in a 30-yard pass late in the third quarter to set up an eventual one-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Tyler Buchner, but this game will leave the Irish searching for answers this week. Looking to avoid an 0-3 start, Notre Dame hosts Cal next weekend.
Sep 10, 2022, 6:04 PM ET
michael mayer is like powering your house with your own personal nuclear energy plant
Trying to guard Michael Mayer would seem like trying to prevent a moose with hands from catching a football
Chad Forbes @NFLDraftBites
Michael Mayer is the safest player in the Draft. Will play 10+ Yrs, make $75M+ in career & go to multiple Pro Bowls. Don't care about his 40 time. It's not highly relevant to success at his position. What a fit he'd be for Jaguars...
Jared Tokarz @JaredNFLDraft
W/ the rise of some other “flashier” TE prospects, I feel I’ve been seeing some Michael Mayer slander/people are sleeping on him.
Wake up - this dude will be pancaking a DE on a 7 yard run & then running swim release routes like this at 6’4.5 265lbs
Jeremiah said Mayer is "an all-around tight end" from Notre Dame.
"He's not going to be real dynamic, but he's kind of the king of the combat catches," Jeremiah said.
"He's got a good feel on option routes and keeping guys on his back and kind of walling them off to make plays. A good overall tight end, a good blocker."
There is a lot to like about Michael Mayer as a prospect. While at Notre Dame in a run-heavy offense, he was used oftentimes as an extension of the offensive line. Standing 6’4” and weighing 265 pounds, he is built for in-line tight end work and already has strong technique. You will never have to worry about his effort or willingness to get the job done as a run-blocker.That size does more than just help as a run blocker. It also helps Michael Mayer in the receiving game as he can move the chains and make contested catches at the short and intermediate parts of the field. He uses his size to his advantage in those situations, taking full advantage of his large frame.
While there are certainly positives to the size differential, there are also some drawbacks. For Michael Mayer, it would be his lack of explosiveness and athleticism. He isn’t going to run away from people coming out of his routes or after the catch, which puts, even more, emphasis on his technique.
While having elite athleticism would certainly help, we have seen plenty of players succeed as students of the game. Based on that, the draft comparison that Michael Mayer received from Lance Zierlein of NFL.com makes a ton of sense. Zierlein compared him to future Hall of Fame tight end, Jason Witten.
Witten was never the fastest or most explosive athlete on the field but he was always able to get the job done. Whatever the Dallas Cowboys asked of him, whether it was to stretch the seam and exploit mismatches over the middle or hold up in the run game, Witten was able to do it.
That kind of reliable skill set is one that Michael Mayer also possesses. He showcased just how talented of a receiver he was during his tenure with the Fighting Irish, recording back-to-back seasons of 800+ receiving yards despite sometimes underwhelming passing performances.
While his pass-catching talent is impressive, it will be his work in the running game that will keep him on the field and hopefully result in a lengthy career. Whoever lands him in the first round is getting a ready-made NFL player capable of being an every-down player before his rookie contract expires.
Everyone knows the combine is for athleticism and that is not Mayer’s strength. Don’t lose site of that.Why do I feel he “underwhelmed” with his performance? The drop on the gauntlet, the fall on the other route drill, not overly impressive numbers.
I was considering targeting him late 1st TE-Prem PPR but this cast pause for me.
Mayer is about route running and catching the ball.His athletic numbers were fine, well above average. He’s just in a class of TEs that happens to be ridiculously athletic. I saw the sled blocking drills and most of the TEs were awful- too high and just lifted the sled up without being to push it. Mayer got low and just absolutely manhandled the sled.
That might make him a fine pro, but for fantasy, it's the special athletes that get targets. Above average athletes that are good all around players don't get the looks.Everyone knows the combine is for athleticism and that is not Mayer’s strength. Don’t lose site of that
I know Mayer is an excellent blocker, but I was unaware of his “route” discipline & skill compared to others.Mayer is about route running and catching the ball.His athletic numbers were fine, well above average. He’s just in a class of TEs that happens to be ridiculously athletic. I saw the sled blocking drills and most of the TEs were awful- too high and just lifted the sled up without being to push it. Mayer got low and just absolutely manhandled the sled.
Witten is the comp I've heard for how Mayer plays. So that makes sense. I am just saying he was still an above average TE for the NFL athletically and he is way ahead of the other TEs (except Darnell Washington) when it comes to blocking. That should help him get on the field more often.Mayer is about route running and catching the ball.
Always a worry they turn into Kyle Rudolph, but Mayer runs perfect routes and catches the ball well.That might make him a fine pro, but for fantasy, it's the special athletes that get targets. Above average athletes that are good all around players don't get the looks.Everyone knows the combine is for athleticism and that is not Mayer’s strength. Don’t lose site of that
TE athleticism is almost as important for projecting success as it is at Edge.
NFL Rookie Watch @NFLRookieWatxh
Multiple NFL scouts reportedly believe Michael Mayer is still “the best” TE prospect in this year’s draft, despite other TE’s having stronger combine performances. Mayer was 11th among all TE’s in the 40-Yard Dash (4.70) 12th among all TE’s in the vertical jump (32.5”) 10th among all TE’s in the broad jump (9’10”) Mayer is set to workout at Notre Dame’s Pro Day on Friday, March 24
Not to get off the subject but Witten always comes up in this category of TE's, the not special athlete types. I've been guilty of the comp myself several times.
Is this for real concerns?
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