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NFL Mock Drafts at CBS updated following free agency opening

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In one mock draft, the Bengals take a receiver with a lot of character concerns, and in the other, they go with an offensive lineman.

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Rob Rang and Dane Brugler at CBS Sports have both updated their mock drafts following the start of free agency.

The Bengals haven't been too active in free agency yet, and if that continues, there could be a need at wide receiver heading into the draft. Depending on how much faith Cincinnati has in Marvin Jones' ankles and Mohamed Sanu's hands, adding a receiver could be one of their top priorities, which explains Rang's pick of Dorial Green-Beckham out of Oklahoma for the Bengals.

While this a deep class of receivers, there likely won't be any first-round prospects on the board at pick No. 21, and reaching for DGB seems unlikely for a team that also stressed character in their draft picks.

The Bengals have an established star in A.J. Green but he, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will each be entering the final year of their respective contracts next season. The Bengals aren't likely to let Green walk but might want to add another playmaker to lessen the burden on him and Andy Dalton. Green-Beckham comes with plenty of off-field concerns but Marvin Lewis has been known to gamble on red-flag cases before.

Green-Beckham was kicked out of Missouri in 2014 for beating the hell out of someone, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a football player, unless it's not on the field and it's against a woman. Don't expect this pick to happen.

As for Brugler, he has Cincinnati addressing their offensive line with Stanford's Andrus Peat, which seems far more likely with so many questions regarding the future of the Bengals' offensive line.

Entering the final year of his contract, Andrew Whitworth turns 34 years old this season and even if he does fit into the Bengals long-term plans, it might be at left guard. Peat needs to refine areas of his technique, but the natural traits are there to play in the NFL for a long time.

As for other notable picks the two CBS Sports writers made, both had Jameis Winston going No. 1 overall to the Buccaneers. Rang had Oregon's Marcus Mariota going No. 2 to Tennessee, while Brugler had Mariota falling to the Jets at No. 6.

Brugler even had Green-Beckham going to Baltimore, which, after the Ray Rice scandal, seems even unlikelier to happen than DGB-to-Cincinnati.