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2015 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Bengals staying in trenches

The Bengals will likely stay on the line in the 2015 NFL draft. Whether that's offense or defense remains to be seen.

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As the offseason begins for the Bengals, so too does the speculation of who they could take in this year's NFL draft. With the majority of their core players being drafted by Cincinnati, their most realistic chance of upgrading their roster will once again come through the draft.

One thing is for sure, and that's Cincinnati is still multiple players away from being a legit Super Bowl contender, but they are still closer than many teams in the AFC. A solid draft could be enough to propel them to a playoff run that could end with a trip to Super Bowl 50.

It's early, but mock-draft season is in full effect. Most see the Bengals staying in the trenches with the 21st-overall pick. Our own Cody Temwey has Cincinnati selecting Florida Gators star Dante Fowler. Personally, I would be pumping my fist if this happens, but I think Fowler goes earlier. He would be a force at defensive end that Cincinnati didn't have outside of Carlos Dunlap, another former Gators star.

Here's a roundup of which players mock drafts have the Bengals taking as of now:

Mock Draft Player Position College Updated
Mocking The Draft Bud Dupree LB/DE Kentucky 1/5/15
Football's Future Shaq Thompson LB Washington 1/2/15
Draft Tek T.J. Clemmings OT Pitt 12/31/14
Walter Football Bud Dupree LB Kentucky 12/30/14
CBS Sports/Rang Ereck Flowers OT Miami 12/29/14
CBS Sports/Brugler Eddie Goldman DT Florida State 12/29/14
SI* Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State 12/18/14
Great Blue North Draft Report Eddie Goldman DT Florida State 12/21/14
NE Patriots Draft/Loyko Malcolm Brown DT Texas 12/29/14
Sporting News Eli Harold OLB/DE Virginia 1/7/15

*Most recent SI mock has only first 10 picks

As you can see, most believe the Bengals are going with either an offensive or defensive lineman with their first pick, and everyone has either a lineman or front-seven player. When you get gashed like the Bengals' run defense did, it's easy to see why so many think they'll go with a lineman or linebacker to help shore that up.