May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell begins the draft and puts the Houston Texans on the clock at the start of the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
George Stockburger and the staff of NFLMocks.com has the Bengals adding defensive line depth in the first round of the NFL Draft. They don’t have Alvin Dupree in that position though; they have him going to the Browns two picks prior. Instead, they have the defensive tackle from Texas, Malcom Brown, in stripes next season.
Tyler Morlaes thinks the Bengals could use Brown in their pass defense, but here is what he had to say about the Bengals pick:
"“Peko did not play particularly well so the chance to add Malcom Brown was something they shouldn’€™t pass up. Brown is a beast and can help stop the run from the moment he steps on the field in Cincinnati.”"
Although it is not a bad pick, it would definitely be a second or third choice for the Bengals pick. Alvin Dupree would be my first choice with his hybrid style of defense. NFL Spin Zone’s Maxwell Ogden got it right when they said the Bengals should go after Dupree. He was quick to point out the obvious reason why they should still be aggressive with defense at the draft.
"“In 2014, the Cincinnati Bengals ranked dead last with an abysmal 20 sacks recorded. Even with the likes of Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Domata Peko, the Bengals fell victim to an absence of depth in the pass rush.”"
I couldn’t have said it any better. The Bengals have added Michael Johnson, which should be a huge upgrade to Robert Geathers, who the Bengals released early in the offseason. Malcom Brown would be a good addition, and could be a positive impact for the Bengals, but he will need some seasoning before he is ready to be more than a situational defensive lineman.
We only have one more month to wait for the announcement, and you can bet we will be waiting anxiously for the Bengals’ first selection.
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