2015 NFL Draft: Bengals Seven-Round Mock Draft

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Sep 27, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) warms up before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 23-0. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Round 1, Pick 21: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

A stand up player with quality character, the Bengals add a player that would be thrown into rotation. A quick player who does well to get into the backfield, Malcom Brown adds a dangerous weapon to the Bengals defensive line. Has the speed to play the 3-technique, but size to also play nose tackle. Brown adds a solid player to the defense that struggled to get to the quarterback. Lewis has said he doesn’t think his first rounder will start, but with Peko’s contract coming up after next season, Brown would have enough reps and be used to the game speed to step up.

Round 2, Pick 53: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

It’s difficult to figure out where Paul Dawson will land; he’s been mocked from the beginning of the second round to early third. When it comes to game tape, Dawson is a monster with tremendous instincts and big play ability. While he is undersized and underwhelmed at the combine, he improved on everything during his Pro Day. He recorded six turnovers his senior season and has shown the ability to play sideline to sideline. Some may question his character, but he’s not a problem child. By all accounts, he appears to be a guy who is overly confident and has been tardy to some meetings and weight room sessions. With that said, if motivated correctly, Dawson can easily be the best linebacker from this draft, something the Bengals could certainly use.

Next: Rounds 3-4