2012 NFL mock draft
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 NFL draft. (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.

NOTE: The Miami Dolphins 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 Carolina Panthers takes place.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. A once-in-a-generation passer replaces another (Peyton Manning) as Andrew Luck looks like a lock.

2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC. The Rams, who have several team needs, will likely trade this pick to a quarterback-needy team.

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. The NFC North has gone pass-happy. The Vikings secondary needs serious help.

4. Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. They have the best package of picks to move up and draft RG3.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. He has the skills to be one of the top backs in the league.

6. Washington Redskins: Justin Blackmon, WR, Okla. St. They want a QB, but will settle for this playmaking wideout.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, N. Carolina. It feels like defensive end is a perennial need for the Jaguars.

*8. Carolina Panthers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, N. Alabama. This former Florida corner comes with character concerns.

*9. Miami Dolphins: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. This is under the assumption Miami signs a quarterback in free agency.

10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. This is a great value pick for the Bills, who are switching to a 4-3 D.

*11. Kansas City Chiefs: : Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. The Chiefs really need that big nose tackle to plug up the middle.

*12. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. The Seahawks need to find a long-term solution at quarterback.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama. Arizona could use another dangerous edge rusher.

14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. The Cowboys battered secondary was often their downfall last season.

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. A perfect fit for the Eagles, who need to boost their struggling run defense.

16. New York Jets: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford. The Jets could use an upgrade on the right side of their offensive line.