This year's NFL scouting combine began Wednesday, unofficially marking the start of draft speculation season. Before the prospects are poked and prodded, though, Matt Vensel has taken his first crack at predicting the first round of April's
. (This mock draft does not account for potential trades.)
And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.
will learn whether they have the eighth or ninth pick in the first-round on Friday, when a 7 a.m. coin flip with the
A once-in-a-generation passer replaces another (
) as Andrew Luck looks like a lock.
The Rams, who have several team needs, will likely trade this pick to a quarterback-needy team.
has gone pass-happy. The Vikings secondary needs serious help.
They have the best package of picks to move up and draft RG3.
He has the skills to be one of the top backs in the league.
They want a QB, but will settle for this playmaking wideout.
It feels like defensive end is a perennial need for the Jaguars.
This former Florida corner comes with character concerns.
This is under the assumption Miami signs a quarterback in free agency.
. This is a great value pick for the Bills, who are switching to a 4-3 D.
The Chiefs really need that big nose tackle to plug up the middle.
The Seahawks need to find a long-term solution at quarterback.
Arizona could use another dangerous edge rusher.
The Cowboys battered secondary was often their downfall last season.
A perfect fit for the Eagles, who need to boost their struggling run defense.
The Jets could use an upgrade on the right side of their offensive line.
The Bengals really need another cornerback more, but the value isn't there.
The Chargers will likely have to replace
He would be an upgrade at either offensive tackle spot for the Bears.
Tennessee’s pass rush was inconsistent in the 2011 season.
This offense will be pretty dangerous after adding a speedy back.
They keep Griffin and Wright -- college teammates -- together.
. Detroit would be wise to reinforce its offensive line in the draft.
He’s another infusion of youth on an aging defensive line.
Barron would be a good, young replacement for
. If they can’t afford to keep
, he would be a fit.
He’s athletic enough to be an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense, too.
He could fill a need for the Packers by playing five-technique end.
. It’s not the sexiest pick, but beefing up the O-line is a stated goal.
This tall, physical deep receiver would look nice in purple, too.
The Patriots offense doesn’t scare anyone on the outside.
The Giants have a bunch of 30-somethings on their O-line.