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SB Nation 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals Go Defense In First Round

Since the halfway point of the NFL season has elapsed and college football is nearing bowl season, mock drafts are coming out with higher frequency. SB Nation came out with one on Monday.

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You can't stop them, you can only hope to contain them. We're speaking of mock drafts, of course. They are fun, they are irritating, they are incessant, but we crave them as conversation fodder.

This week, Dan Kadar of the SB Nation site, Mocking The Draft, took to the front pages of the mothership to give everyone his most recent mock draft. There were interesting nuggets in it, mostly centering around star-crossed Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, as he slips to No. 4 in the mock to the Jets. Kadar has the Raiders taking USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams with the first overall pick.

After their glorious win against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday, the Bengals currently hold the 27th overall pick. That's obviously bound to change for worse or for better, but Kadar has them beefing up their interior defensive front with Florida State defensive lineman, Eddie Goldman.

27. Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
The Bengals need another piece inside to put next to Geno Atkins. Goldman is a good enough player to handle multiple gaps if needed, but has shown he's quick enough to penetrate. He can even line up outside in certain packages.

Goldman would provide a massive presence at 6'4" and 320 pounds and would be a likely successor to longtime Bengals mainstay, Domata Peko. Scouts believe he has a fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and North Carolina State head coach Dan Doeren called him "the best defensive tackle in college football" a couple of months ago. That's saying something given the plethora of talent at that position in the draft this year.

The Seminoles' big man is excellent at stopping the run, but can also get to the passer as well, as evidenced by his four sacks so far this season. Williams and Washington Huskies defensive lineman Danny Shelton are two tackles that Kadar has slated to go before Goldman.