On Draft Eve, the NFL Network and Mike Mayock have a little tradition. The station's draft guru releases the final version of his mock draft, covering all of the picks for the first round. Mayock doesn't factor in trades and the like, but rather chooses which player fits the mold best for each team based on need, best available, etc.
The Cincinnati Bengals have largely addressed their defense this offseason in free agency, mostly by way of familiar faces, but that didn't stop Mayock from going with that side of the ball for the team at No.21. Mayock tabbed a familiar name with Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown with their pick in the latter part of the kickoff round.
The Cincinnati @Bengals select DT Malcom Brown 21st overall. #MayockMock pic.twitter.com/EHbz1567O4— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 30, 2015
At 6'2" and 320 pounds, Brown is one of the better defensive linemen in this year's draft. Brown does a little bit of it all in the middle of the line, as evidenced by his 6.5 sacks in 2014. The Bengals added Michael Johnson and Pat Sims in free agency to help boost a line that was inconsistent against the run and was worst in the NFL at sacking the quarterback (just 20 in 2014). Brown would be a welcomed addition in that respect, and is known as a high-quality guy off of the field as well.
Still, there is massive competition at the spot and the potential arrival of Brown would mean the likely departure of a quality defensive tackle. Sims, Domata Peko, Devon Still and Brandon Thompson would all be battling for a couple of roster spots. However that scenario would play out, the Bengals would employ a good rotation up front which has worked for them well since 2009. Brown has been mocked to the Bengals numerous times this offseason and would be a non-flashy, but solid pick if they were to go this route.