Following a dramatic conclusion to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, we enter February with football withdrawal symptoms at their most palpable.
However, it will not be long before we return to Indianapolis for the 2012 NFL scouting combine, with Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck likely to headline proceedings.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to build upon a promising 2011 campaign by putting together another solid draft class following the runaway success of their 2011 first- and second-round picks A.J. Green and Andy Dalton.
With a history of anaemic seasons following playoff berths, the Bengals will be hoping to overhaul that facet of history in much the same way as they have their roster. With a wealth of young talent to work with, Marvin Lewis is changing the culture in Cincinnati, and there is no better way to continue that than with a solid 2012 draft.
Please keep in mind that this is a very early mock draft. There is a general consensus of what the Bengals' needs are, and I will work from that logic. I have omitted the later rounds as we all know that after the fourth round the draft often becomes a case of "best player available."