2015 NFL Draft: Top Prospects For The AFC North

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Jan 3, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. (6) pressures East Carolina Pirates quarterback Shane Carden (5) during the second half for the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. The Florida Gators defeated the East Carolina Pirates 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals

1. Dante Fowler Jr, DE: Fowler is a quick pass rusher and has the ability to cause mayhem in the backfield. The Bengals desperately need a defensive end, and Fowler Jr. is just what they need. While he struggles against the run at times, his pass-rushing ability is tremendous. His sack number may not be huge, but he had numerous pressures and quarterback hits throughout the year. This gives the Bengals another young defensive end to pair up with Carlos Dunlap.

2. Eddie Goldman, DT: Stout at the point of attack, Goldman brings a disruptive force to the defensive line. He’s big, strong, and has enough speed to get into the backfield quickly. He improved his pass-rushing skills this past season and has been all-around solid against the run, showing the ability to hold his ground. The Bengals need defensive line help and Goldman has the makings of a good defensive tackle in the NFL.

3. Benardrick McKinney, ILB: A tall inside linebacker, standing 6’5″, McKinney displays everything you want in a three down linebacker. A former First-Team Freshman All-American player, McKinney has shown a great deal of athleticism and speed. He gives everything you want in a player with a ton more upside as it appears he has yet to hit his peak. McKinney was a presence for the Bulldogs as he was able to rush the quarterback and got better dropping back into zone coverage this past season.

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