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Bengals Mock Draft: Malcom Brown, Andrus Peat in CBS mocks

The Bengals need an offensive tackle possibly for next year, but a defensive tackle has a better chance of making an impact in 2015.

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By now, you know the Bengals' situation at offensive tackle.

The likelihood of both Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth being back next year isn't great. That's why there's a good chance a tackle is drafted in the first round to prepare for the 2016 season.

That's also why CBS Sports Rob Rang sees the Bengals going with Peat in his latest mock draft:

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: The Bengals have two solid tackles in Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith but each will be entering the final year of their contracts in 2015. The notoriously frugal Bengals may already be looking ahead to the future, especially if a talent like Peat falls into their lap.

Getting an offensive tackle at pick 21 would be beneficial for the Bengals' future, but if they want someone who'll make a bigger impact in 2015, a defensive lineman should be the pick. Domata Peko lost a step in 2014, and finding someone who could challenge him for snaps could end up making this defense a top-10 unit again.

That's why CBS Sports Pete Prisco's latest mock has the Bengals taking Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown:

Texas DT Malcom Brown: They re-signed Domata Peko, but they need a young power player inside. Brown would be a nice rotation player in 2015 and a starter down the road.

In the end, offensive and defensive tackles will be added at some point in the draft, probably within the first three rounds. Considering the prospect at both positions who are expected to be on the board in Round 1, Cincinnati should come out of Day 1 with a starting-caliber player, whether he plays this year or in 2016.