As more and more 2015 NFL mock drafts pour out into the mainstream, each of them tends to show a trend with the Cincinnati Bengals' pick at No. 21 overall. As is often the case with a roster that has talent, the mocks tend to look toward the following season for the direction of the pick.
With the mocks, we've seen every position from linebacker, to defensive line, safety, wide receiver and offensive tackle--all in response to the massive amount starters set to hit free agency in 2016. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler recently went with the latter for Cincinnati in his most recent mock.
21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami: 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. Flowers would bring an edge to the Bengals' front.
Flowers is one of the familiar names to those that follow these mocks, as he has been linked to the Bengals more than a few times. This is a good draft for offensive tackles, so if that is the route Cincinnati is indeed looking to taken, the 2015 draft will be a good opportunity for the OT position.
There is one necessity laying in the weeds a bit, in which others aren't really readily pointing. The team's conceivable top-three wide receivers on the depth chart (A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu) are entering the final years of their respective contracts. Beyond that, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Tate and Denarius Moore are all in the final years of their respective deals (Tate and Moore signed one-year deals this offseason), which puts the group in serious question next year.
Wide receiver is another deep position group in this year's draft, so the Bengals don't have to necessarily look at the position in the first round, but with four picks in the first three rounds, they will likely contemplate a speedy threat to add to the mix by the end of day 2.