For an offense that has finished 20th or worse for five straight seasons, you can understand that there's been outcry for the Bengals to add more playmakers in this draft. That happened on Thursday night during the first round, but at a position that most fans did not expect.

For the second straight time, the Bengals took a tight end with the 21st overall pick with the selection of Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert. It is the fifth straight year that the Bengals have taken an offensive player in the first round.

Eifert became the Bengals top option after their top two projected safeties went off the board -- Kenny Vaccaro 15th to New Orleans and Eric Reid 18th to San Francisco.

“We feel he’s a player who’s going to add a lot to our football team in his first year, as a young player. He complements Jermaine (Gresham) and the other players we have,” coach Marvin Lewis said of Eifert. “He’s got ability. To be moving around and doing a lot of things, show some flexibility, he’s been a very productive receiver at Notre Dame. He comes with great recommendation from (Notre Dame head coach) Brian Kelly. So it’s an exciting pick for us, and he’s a great young guy to add to our football team.”

One person who had been a staunch supporter of taking Eifert, as far back as two months ago was longtime Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham. What was thought for awhile as being an unconventional pick made more sense as the round went on.

Said Eifert of going at 21: “No, I wasn’t surprised. I was told all along that there is no way to tell where you’re going to go or who you’re going to go to so I was just staying positive throughout the whole thing and trying to enjoy it. I’m happy to be a part of the organization and for the opportunity.”

The Bengals already have a top tight end in Gresham, who has been to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. But seeing the success that New England has had with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, adding Eifert gives offensive coordinator Jay Gruden more options.