Luck to the Colts was one of only a few expected picks in an unpredictable first round. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

So Round 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books and one of the biggest stories from the night is that it was done in what seemed like record time. With everyone locked in for a 5 hour marathon and draftniks prepared to discuss the minutiae of every player in the draft, it took just over 3 hours to go through the first 32 picks. You have to figure guys like Todd McShay and Mike Mayock are a little bummed about that. There was also the expected slew of unexpected picks as well as a bevy of trades that shook up the top 10 in partiuclar. Instead of going through each pick, I’ll be focusing on who I thought were steals, who teams reached for and ones that caught people off guard. There were plenty more then I’ll be putting here, but these are the ones that immediately jump out at me. For the record I think the best pick of round 1 was the Panthers taking BC linebacker Luke Kuechly. He might be the best defensive player in the draft as well as the safest one. That’s to say nothing of Luck or RG3 who will forever be linked and compared to each other.

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina – San Diego 18th overall
Ingram is a pass rushing machine with incredible athleticism who could play either DE or OLB. The biggest knock on him are his short arms, but he does use them as a physical part of his game. He’ll be able to blitz around the edge and get to the QB constantly. He has top 10 talent, so getting him in the late teens is a big coup for the Chargers.

David DeCastro, OG, Stanford – Pittsburgh 24th overall
When you get a guy that was projected to go as high as 11 in some mocks at 24th, then that is a steal. But there are more reasons for that with DeCastro. He will able to start immediately, rarely gets beat one on one and plays like he was meant to be a Steeler with his toughness and tenacity.

Mark Barron, S, Alabama – Tampa Bay 7th overall
Barron is a very talented safety with great instincts and big play ability. I’m just not sure picking him this high was smart. The buzz around him escalated in the last week, but he’s definitely not Morris Claiborne who went one pick earlier. Unless you’re getting the next Ed Reed, you don’t draft safeties in the top 10.

Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia – Seattle 15th overall
Easily the biggest reach so far and possibly of the whole draft when it’s over. You pick one dimensional players who have several red flags much later in the draft. It’s the kind of crazy pick Matt Millen would make.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State – Cleveland 22nd overall
The Browns could very well have gotten Weeden at 37 overall, so tab him at 22 is a but of a headscratcher. He’s basically Chris Weinke 2.0 being 28 and factoring in the learning curve, he may be 30 before he’s fully ready. If he’s pressured he can make mistakes, plus he won’t have Justin Blackmon anymore.

AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois – San Francisco 30th overall
Coby Fleener, Stephen Hill and Cordy Glenn were still on the board, so to take a guy no one gave a 1st round grade is puzzling. Then again everyone was confused by the Aldon Smith pick and look what happened with that. I’m willing to give Harbaugh and the Niners the benefit of the doubt on this one, but it’s still a big surprise.