With talk of the NFL Draft rising swiftly, now seems like the perfect time to dissect and adhere to every teams' draft needs heading into the offseason.
However, Mock Drafts can be somewhat misleading—giving teams and fans alike uneducated judgment as to where their respective team stands heading into April.
As we take a look at the potential talent on the horizon for this year's NFL Draft, we must be extremely careful in deciding who fits where the best.
So, without further ado, here's my take on the first round of this year's draft.
Positional needs: QB, DE, LB
Best fit: Auburn's defensive beast was second to none this season and with Andrew Luck headed back for his senior year at Stanford, Carolina might as well upgrade their defensive line.
Yielding a total of 31 sacks on opposing quarterbacks this season, the Panthers are in dire need of a physical presence up front like that of Fairley.
Positional needs: LB, DE, WR
Best fit: Should newly hired head coach John Fox go with Tim Tebow as Denver's quarterback of the future, now is the perfect time to draft a big-time receiver in A.J. Green.
With WR Brandon Lloyd bursting onto the scene last season for the Broncos, an addition of the draft's best available wideout in Green would be yet another target for Tebow in the passing game.
Positional needs: LB, CB, QB, SS
Best fit: Buffalo has virtually no defense whatsoever, making either Peterson or Nick Fairley a must-take type of pick early in the first round.
Peterson was LSU's defensive leader last season and could be that "franchise" player Buffalo has been looking for.
Positional needs: DE, WR, LB, CB
Best fit: Finishing at nearly the bottom of the league in sacks, the Bengals need a difference maker. Desperately.
Bowers has been a stud throughout his career at Clemson, and can be that difference maker in Cincinnati if given the opportunity.
Positional needs: QB, DE, LB
Best fit: With the sorry pass rush that is the Arizona defensive line, drafting Quinn would become a great upgrade for Ken Wisenhunt's defensive squad.
With great speed on the edge, complemented by a powering technique, Quinn is a premier defensive end capable of making the leap to the NFL.
Positional needs: DT, WR, RB
Best fit: Joining forces with a steadily improving Cleveland defense would suit Darius well. And with the Browns now moving into a primarily 4-3 defensive scheme, Darius will have his chances.
With this selection, Cleveland takes yet another leap towards prominence.
Positional needs: CB, LB, QB
Best fit: The best cornerback available in this year's draft, Amukamara has the prototypical speed and NFL-ready size to become an immediate difference for any team.
With the hire of Jim Harbaugh, some say San Fran should take either a Blaine Gabbert or a Ryan Mallet with their first round pick.
But, as I see it, the 49ers need a major overhaul defensively—especially at the cornerback position.
Positional needs: QB, LB, OT
Best fit: With Vince Young out, Jeff Fisher and the Titans are in desperate need of a signal caller that can make an immediate difference from the get-go. Gabbert is the guy for the job.
Besides—how much longer can Tennessee fall back on the leadership of Kerry Collins?
Positional needs: DE, G, LB
Best fit: Drawing major praise from scouts around the league, Jordan would be a great addition to an already talented Dallas defensive line.
Should the Cowboys take Jordan, he would overtake Igor Olshansky's current position at the right end.
If taken, Cameron would become an instant force for the Cowboys defensively.
Positional needs: QB, RB, WR
Best fit: After voicing their distasteful opinion on Donovan McNabb, Mike Shannahan and the Redskins are in need of a difference maker at the quarterback position—and I'm guessing Rex Grossman isn't up to snuff.
Taking Cam Newton with the 10th pick in the draft would give Washington the "franchise-shifting" players they are so clearly in need of.
With an obvious knack for making the "big play," why not take Newton?
Positional needs: LB, OT, SS
Best fit: A dismal 2010 defensive effort by Houston calls for a major draft overhaul—and what place better to start than at the linebacker position?
Von Miller is an excellent choice for the Texans.
With Brian Cushing and other prominent defensive stars already in place, this is the be-all end-all automatic pick for Houston.
Positional needs: QB, G, LB
Best fit: Okay, so his 2010 campaign could've been better—but let's be real. Locker is one of the top quarterbacks on the board in this year's draft, and we all know it.
With Brett Favre (hopefully) on his way out of Minnesota for good, the Vikings are in need of some leadership.
Taking Locker brings that to the table.
Positional needs: LB, OT, WR
Best fit: Ayers is a talented linebacker capable of playing multiple positions in any scheme. And with many pieces to the puzzle already in place for Detroit's defense, Ayers could become another key stud to join the likes of Ndomukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Positional needs: WR, DT, SS
Best fit: Sam Bradford showed us all how much potential is in store for St. Louis—even with a laughable group of wide receivers.
Taking Jones is the smartest move for the Rams moving forward.
Positional needs: OT, DT, WR
Best fit: One of the best pure offensive linemen coming out of Wisconsin since Joe Thomas, Carimi has all the assets necessary to make a difference up front for Chad Henne.
Standing at 6'7'', 327 pounds, Carimi has all the physical attributes NFL teams crave so much.
Selecting Carimi with their first round pick won't be a wasted one—that much is certain.
Positional needs: DE, WR, LB
Best fit: Kerrigan had an amazing senior campaign and has moved into top 10 consideration. With great strength and prototypical speed, Kerrigan could potentially be the difference between an successful 2011 campaign, or a disappointing one.
Adding Kerrigan to the mix with Aaron Kampman and Jeremy Mincey only furthers Jacksonville's hopes for an AFC South title in 2011.
Positional needs: DE, CB, WR
Best fit: New England is in serious need for some pass rush—so why not start things off with the draft's first big surprise?
Wisconsin's J.J. Watt would be an excellent fit to the Patriots' defensive line—and with already attaining Vince Wilfork, the two could become a great duo for Bill Belichick's defense.
Positional needs: DT, WR, G
Best fit: Heyward was a force in Big Ten backfields all season long in 2010, and will do the same once he makes his leap to the NFL.
With an already explosive defense, San Diego would be foolish not to take Heyward.
Positional needs: OT, G, DT
Best fit: It's apparent that Eli Manning can't handle the pressure on his own, so New York finds themselves in a pretty simple situation with their first round pick: draft an offensive lineman with NFL-caliber talent from the get-go.
Smith was one of the most impressively stout lineman in the Pac-10 last season, and should have a great chance at getting drafted in the middle to late first round.
Positional needs: DE, WR, CB
Best fit: Clayborn stakes his claim as one of the most explosive and physical defensive linemen in all of college football last season, ripping his way through even the most massive of Big Ten offensive lines.
Tampa Bay is on their way to returning to the defensive glory days of a few years ago, and Clayborn would be an enormous upgrade for Raheem Morris' defensive squad.
Positional needs: LB, DT, WR
Best fit: One of the most complete linebackers in the country, Houston recorded 10 sacks last season—while managing 19 sacks in his three seasons at Georgia.
Selecting Houston could put Kansas City back on the map in terms of stout NFL defenses.
Positional needs: OT, TE, WR
Best fit: With a deteriorating and quickly aging offensive line, Indy must take the best available offensive lineman off the board. Sherrod, with a great frame and size, would be a superb fit for protecting Peyton Manning in the years to come.
Positional needs: OT, DT, LB
Best fit: Michael Vick can't escape the pocket forever.
Taking Solder with their first round pick would be best suited for Philadelphia's entire offensive line, and will protect Vick in the long run.
Positional needs: DT, SS, CB
Best fit: Another one of the top defensive linemen available, Paea was a force for several years at Oregon State. Although his 2010 season was a bit of a letdown, Paea's skill set and capabilities are second to none.
Besides, I think we can all agree New Orleans is in desperate need of an upgrade on the defensive line.
Positional needs: QB, RB, ILB
Best fit: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has all the necessary tools to become a difference maker at the next level.
And with Matt Hasselbeck nearing the end of his road with the Seahawks, now is the perfect time to pull the trigger on a franchise quarterback like that of Mallett.
Positional needs: DE, OT, SS
Best fit: The vaunted Ravens defense of old has become a bit frail, so why not start off with taking a solid defensive lineman like that of Bailey?
With 19 sacks in three years as a starter in Miami, Bailey is an extremely hard worker worthy of taking in the first round.
Positional needs: OT, WR, G
Best fit: What better way to use a first-round pick than to protect Matt Ryan for the future?
Both Ryan and Castonzo played at Boston College, so the chemistry is there. And with Castonzo being one of the best linemen available in the first round, this is a must for the Falcons.
Positional needs: RB, WR, SS
Best fit: The 2009 Heisman winner had a relatively down 2010 season, however his capabilities are second to none when compared to his fellow SEC tailbacks.
Adding Ingram gives New England the featured running back they've been searching for.
Positional needs: OT, DE
Best fit: Probably the best defensive linemen coming out of the Big Ten, Liuget is a solid choice for Mike McCarthy and the Packers.
With uncertainty about current defensive end Eric Walden's abilities and skill set, Liuget solves all of Green Bay's problems on the defensive line.
Great size, strength and drive are only the beginning of what Liuget has to offer.
Positional needs: OT, WR
Best fit: A splendid pick for Rex Ryan and the ever-improving Jets defense, Wilkerson would become just another addition to a young, talented group on the rise. And in playing New England twice each season, it sure would be nice to get some more pressure on Tom Brady as much as possible.
Positional needs: OT, G, WR
Best fit: What better way to start off the draft than ensuring more protection for Jay Cutler heading into 2011?
Ijalana was a force on the offensive line for Villanova in 2010—and with great strength and agility, he could become Chicago's next great offensive lineman.
Positional needs: G, FB, WR
Best fit: With left tackle Max Starks coming off a neck injury and right tackle Willie Colon due to become a free agent in the offseason, Pittsburgh needs to secure their offensive line in this year's draft, starting with the guard position.
Pouncey has been a winner since stepping foot onto Florida's campus and in protecting Tim Tebow for multiple seasons, Pouncey was one of the Gators' best offensive linemen.
He'll do the same for Big Ben and company in Pittsburgh.