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The NFL Draft Class that Almost Wasn’t

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Apr 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick Tyler Eifert and head coach Marvin Lewis pose for a photo during a press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL Draft class was one of the best hauls any NFL team was able to get this year, and it will hopefully help propel the Bengals into the upper-echelon of the AFC. But it was also a class that came close to not coming together.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were strongly interested in drafting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert if they hadn’t traded away their first-round pick in the Darrelle Revis trade. The Bucs gave up the #13 pick in the Revis deal, and the New York Jets used that pick to select Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson instead.

Because of this, Eifert, widely regarded as the top TE prospect and a top-15 prospect, was able to fall to Cincinnati at pick #21.