Every spring, hundreds of mock drafts are thrown about in an attempt to predict what the big boys running the NFL's 32 teams will do when the NFL Draft finally arrives in late April.
And within a handful of picks, the order—and nearly every mock draft available—is rendered useless.
This mock draft, however, takes a different approach. Instead of trying to predict what each team will do this April, this mock projects what each team should do on Draft Day.
1. St. Louis - Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
Taking Sam Bradford here is simply irresponsible. Suh projects much better than Bradford or Jimmy Clausen, and despite the desire to have a franchise quarterback, the Rams need a foundation for their defense.
2. Detroit - Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
While Russell Okung and Eric Berry may get a passing thought, McCoy is the clear answer to shore up a defensive line in dire need of some youth...and talent.
3. Tampa Bay - Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
If Bucs coach Raheem Morris truly is looking for a top-caliber pass rusher, he won't find much better in this draft than Morgan.
4. Washington - Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford will likely be the pick here, but with the serious health questions surrounding Chris Samuels, offensive line is a much more pressing need.
5. Kansas City - Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
There are plenty of needs on both sides of the ball for Kansas City.
Berry is an elite talent that has All-Pro written all over him and could potentially change an opposing team's game plan much like Ed Reed does in Baltimore.
6. Seattle - Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame)
Matt Hasselbeck isn't getting any younger and Seneca Wallace clearly isn't the future for Seattle. New coach Pete Carroll can sit Clausen for the 2010 season to allow Clausen to learn the nuances of the game from a seasoned veteran at the position.
7. Cleveland - Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
The guys currently filling Cleveland's cornerback depth chart could barely start for the Gators, much less a pro football team. Mike Holmgren could do a lot worse than Haden for his first-ever draft pick as president of the franchise.
8. Oakland - Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
Davis may have the most raw talent of any offensive line prospect in the draft, but character issues have raised a red flag with a few teams.
When have character issues ever stopped Al Davis, though?
9. Buffalo - Bryan Bulaga (OL, Iowa)
The Bills traded Jason Peters away before last year's draft and did nothing to replace him. After paying for that mistake for a year, it's time they start rebuilding the offensive line.
Drafting Bulaga is a great place to start.
10. Jacksonville - Jason Pierre-Paul (DE/LB, South Florida)
Anyone who argues Tim Tebow for the No. 10 pick is out of their mind. Not only is quarterback not an issue for the Jags, the pass rush needs to be upgraded quickly.
With Pierre-Paul, one of the class' elite rushers, still on the board, the guy who played college ball in St. Petersburg, and not Gainesville, is the choice.
11. Denver (via Chicago) - Rolando McClain (ILB, Alabama)
Dez Bryant gets serious consideration if Brandon Marshall leaves town, but last I checked, Marshall is still wearing a Broncos uniform. McClain is a top-five level player and will take Andra Davis' spot in the middle of Denver's defense.
12. Miami - Sergio Kindle (DE/LB, Texas)
Bill Parcells has a history of taking talented linebackers in the draft and has yet to do so in Miami. With need at the position higher than ever, Kindle gets the call.
13. San Francisco - Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
San Francisco's offense is coming along nicely, but there isn't much to speak of up front outside of Joe Staley. Williams will look to continue the recent pro success of Sooner linemen.
14. Seattle (via Denver) - C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
Seahawks fans had better be ready for the future of Seattle football. Spiller, who is already garnering comparisons to Reggie Bush, becomes Pete Carroll's running back of choice to go along with future starter Jimmy Clausen.
15. New York Giants - Taylor Mays (S, USC)
Mays slips to the middle of the first round due to the nitpicking brought upon by his less-than-perfect senior season at USC. Kenny Phillips' future is uncertain and New York's strong safety position could use a player like Mays.
16. Tennessee - Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee)
The Titans sorely missed Albert Haynesworth last season. Williams, a space-eater of the Haynesworth variety, comes in to clog the middle of Tennessee's defense.
17. San Francisco (via Carolina) - Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
While Price isn't a Terrence Cody-type widebody built for the 3-4 nose tackle spot, his relentless motor fits Mike Singletary's style almost too well.
18. Pittsburgh - Mike Iupati (OL, Idaho)
Iupati is the prototypical Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman: Hard-working and versatile with a mean streak. The Steelers have gotten by with the lineman they have, but adding Iupati is a quiet upgrade.
19. Atlanta - Sean Weatherspoon (LB, Missouri)
There isn't a whole lot for Falcons fans to get excited about at linebacker. Weatherspoon is an intelligent player who often times finds his way to the ball in time to make the big play.
20. Houston - Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
Houston has spent plenty of first-round picks filling their front seven with young, talented players. With Mario Williams and Brian Cushing shoring up the first two levels, it's time the Texans lock up the future of the secondary.
Thomas helps them do just that.
21. Cincinnati - Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State)
Carson Palmer's options aren't getting any younger. Laveranues Coles was a one-year fill-in and Chad Ochocinco needs a viable running mate.
Bryant, a potential top-five pick before the 2009 college season began, slips thanks only to his near-season-long suspension for violating NCAA rules.
22. New England - Brandon Graham (DE/LB, Michigan)
Bill Belichick likes players able to move around on the field, and Graham is just that. He can stand up and cause headaches for opposing offenses in New England's 3-4 and put his hand down to become a serious pass rush threat when the Pats switch run the 4-3.
23. Green Bay - Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State)
With a gaggle of talented corners to choose from, Wilson gets the nod thanks to his willingness to, and strength in, playing the run. Wilson will learn the NFC North's bruising style from Al Harris and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson.
24. Philadelphia - Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
With few holes to fill, the Eagles upgrade their sub-par pass rush with Dunlap. After some off-the-field issues, including a self-imposed suspension, the ultra-talented Dunlap slips to back end of the first round.
25. Baltimore - Patrick Robinson (CB, Florida State)
Most mocks have a receiver going to Baltimore, but a potential acquisition of Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall can remedy that.
Cornerback, once a strength in Baltimore, has quickly become a weakness and Robinson, the most talented corner not named Joe Haden, sets the Ravens back on track on the outside.
26. Arizona - Perrish Cox (CB, Oklahoma State)
Inside linebacker becomes a glaring need if/when Karlos Dansby leaves the desert, but much like Brandon Marshall and Denver, Dansby is still in town.
Arizona's pass defense was atrocious in 2009 and Cox could become Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's running mate for years to come.
27. Dallas - Golden Tate (WR, Notre Dame)
Ideally, Earl Thomas would fall to the Cowboys at No. 27 to take care of their need at safety, but the NFL draft rarely goes ideally for any team.
Outside of Miles Austin, the Cowboys really don't have any reliable receivers. Tate steps in to end the failed Roy Williams experiment.
28. San Diego - Ryan Mathews (RB, Fresno State)
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you know the Chargers are suddenly looking for help at running back. Mathews steps in to become the smashmouth back to complement Darren Sproles' quickness out of the backfield.
29. New York Jets - Arrelious Benn (WR, Illinois)
When Braylon Edwards and his serious case of the dropsies sit atop your wide receiver depth chart, attention is clearly needed.
Benn never really produced huge numbers at Illinois, but that could very well be attributed to the below average quarterback play in Champaign.
30. Minnesota - Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
Bradford becomes the new heir-apparent to the not-yet-retired Brett Favre. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are nothing more than place-holders behind Favre, and Bradford could learn the system in what may finally be Favre's final NFL season.
31. Indianapolis - Jared Odrick (DT, Penn State)
The Colts drafted, and subsequently failed, to improve the interior defensive line in last year's draft. With no other logical pick for the AFC champs, Odrick heads to Indy as the newest attempt to fill a long-standing hole in the middle.
32. New Orleans - Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
Until free agency hits, the Saints really don't have many holes. Darren Sharper may very well be out the door before his Super Bowl ring arrives, meaning safety will become a top priority.
Heading into this weekend's Combine, however, the biggest need for the champs is at defensive end, where Griffen can team with Will Smith.