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That's what friends are for

John Goodman and Tyler Eifert grew up together.

And they have been teammates for a long time, first in high school at Bishop Dwenger then for the last four years at Notre Dame.

So it made sense that on the day of the first round of the NFL draft, Goodman and Eifert went golfing Thursday afternoon to help take Eifert's mind off whether or not he would be selected on the first day of the draft.

"We've been trying to get his mind off it that last couple of days," Goodman said Thursday. "I've been out here (at Eifert's parents' house) helping out with the setup (for Thursday night's draft party), and just doing whatever hanging out.

"We played basketball the other night. We woke up (Thursday) morning and set some stuff up, then we went golfing for a few holes, just to get his mind off it. And really get my mind off it too, because I'm kind of in the same situation, but obviously, not a first-rounder."

Goodman, who said he hopes to be selected in one of the later rounds Saturday or sign with a team as an undrafted free agent, said he enjoyed seeing another one of his friends drafted in the first round. Eifert, a tight end, was selected with the No. 21 overall pick in the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

"Not many of your best friends go in the first round of the draft, and in the past couple of years, you know (Michael) Floyd, Tyler," Goodman said. "Tyler is a guy I grew up with and somebody I played with. It was pretty surreal.

"When you really look at it in the whole scheme of things, it's pretty insane. You watch it on TV, they are calling out the names. It is something I've watched since I was a little kid, watching the first round of the draft. You know, who is going to go here, who is going to here? Back when I was watching when (former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn), he was supposed to go top five, top 10, and all of the sudden he was No. 26. It was that kind of thing, just waiting. Every single team, you don't know how it is going to go, then all of the sudden someone gets picked and things change up and someone gets picked.

"With Tyler, it was like that (Thursday) night. I believed he could have gone from six to the end of the first round. But any team he is with, I know that kid is going to do well, because he has heart. He has poise. He believes in himself, and he will play with whoever will give him the chance."

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