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Eddie Goldman leaving Florida State for NFL Draft; Potential Bengals target

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The Bengals need to upgrade their defensive line, so the more the merrier when it comes to d-line prospects entering the draft.

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One of the top defensive lineman is making his name available for the 2015 NFL draft. Florida State junior Eddie Goldman is forgoing his final season of college to enter the draft, and he could be someone the Cincinnati Bengals look at with their first-round pick.

Goldman, a 6-4, 320-pound junior from Washington, D.C., finished his junior season with 35 tackles (eight for a loss) and four sacks. He is projected to be a late pick in the first round or early in the second round. As of now, Goldman is projected by two different publications to the Bengals in the first round.

Here's what Dane Brugler of CBS Sports had to say:

Some will argue that Domata Peko hasn't played up to his recent contract extension, but regardless, the Bengals could use interior depth. Goldman has the combination of power and quickness that makes him tough to block and will be attractive to NFL teams.

Great Blue North Draft Report also pegged Goldman to Cincinnati at pick No. 21. Something has to change on the line, and while we should expect Geno Atkins to play better after a recovery season from his torn ACL, the other defensive tackle spot has to produce more. Goldman would ensure that happens.

With his declaration, Goldman also became the fifth FSU player to opt for the draft in a week after Jameis Winston, cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby and  defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. also did so.