So here’s the first version of my 2012 NFL Mock Draft and my attempt to be Todd McShay or Mel Kiper. I’ll be updating it periodically all the way until the whole thing starts. To start off, I’m keeping it to one round and also explaining my picks. I might add more rounds and trades later, once I see how this first version is received, so please comment. Also if you don’t like a pick, give an alternative, as I’m always open to suggestions.

1. Indianapolis  – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Andrew Luck will be the pick here, without a doubt. They could have him learn from Manning or draft him and let Manning go. We’ve seen with Rodgers what a few years of learning from a vet can do for a young QB’s career, so that is obviously the ideal situation in Indy. Either way Luck will be a Colt.

2. St. Louis  – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
I’ve seen Justin Blackmon put here and while giving Bradford a weapon would be nice, he needs to be upright in order to throw to any receiver. So they’ll do the right thing and draft Matt Kalil. Too much has been invested in Bradford to have him go the way of David Carr.

3. Washington(from Minnesota) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
I wasn’t going to project trades just yet, but this one makes too much sense not to happen. The Redskins desperately need a signal caller and RG3 will be their guy. He can make plays happen with his arms and his feet and will be a force in the NFL.

4. Cleveland – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
RG3 slips through their fingers and while McCoy is a lost cause, giving him a weapon like Blackmon will help the Brown’s stagnant offense. Blackmon is a game-breaking receiver and a threat to score on any play.

5. Tampa Bay – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Bucs have Blount, but can’t pass up the opportunity to select Richardson. He is a one man wrecking crew who bowls over opposing defenses. He racked up yards game after game and will add a new dimension to Tampa’s offense.

6. Minnesota(from Washington) – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
This pick could go several ways, but the Vikings have too big of a need in the secondary. Playing in a division with QBs Rodgers and Stafford, they need top pass protection to compete. Claiborne provides just that to go along with speed and big play ability.

7. Jacksonville – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Coples is the best defensive lineman in the draft and DE just happens to be a need for the Jags. His combination of size, speed and athleticism will allow him to get to the QB constantly. He consistently plays on a high level and will definitely improve the Jags’ pass rush.

8. Carolina – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Panthers had trouble stopping other teams on defense. Given that they were pretty bad against the pass, it makes sense for them to take Kirkpatrick. He is a talented cover corner who could develop shutdown ability.

9. Miami – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Matt Moore actually did a decent job at QB, and with no real alternatives the Fins will choose to get him some protection. Martin has done an excellent job blocking for Andrew Luck and is equally talented in blocking for the run and the pass. He’ll team with Jake Long for years to come.

10. Buffalo – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Some might consider this high for Upshaw, but the Bills really need an edge rusher. Upshaw has the size and the tools to succeed in that position. He has the stats to back up the hype as well as the big game performances.

11. Kansas City – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
An offensive tackle would do wonders for the Chief’s O-line. Reiff has been consistent throughout the season in handling his blocks. Though he may need to add some bulk to handle the bigger DEs in the NFL, he has all the tools to be successful.

12. Seattle – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
They could reach for Tannehill, but Carroll will wait next year for Barkley. They don’t have a legit rush threat and Ingram could fill that. He could beat O-lineman with his physicality as a DE or get to the QB with his speed as an OLB.

13. Arizona – Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
Signing Steward Bradley hasn’t worked out for the Cardinals, so getting a replacement will be on their list. During the season, Kuechly seemed to be all over the field making plays and was a tackling machine every game.

14. Dallas – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
The ‘Boys need a cornerback for Ryan’s defense to work properly. Jenkins is a fast corner who also excels in the return game. He has character issues, but then again that didn’t stop them from drafting Dez Bryant.

15. Philadelphia – Whitney Marcellus, DE, Illinois
The Eagles could use a rush linebacker and though Marcellus played DE at Illinois he could easily make the transition. He showed he has the speed and skill to get into the backfield and terrorize QBs.

16. NY Jets – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Yes the J-E-T-S have Holmes and Burress, but they could use another receiver. Floyd has a great combination of size and speed and I’m sure Sanchez will be glad he’ll be throwing to him.

17. Cincinnati(from Oakland) – Alfonso Dennard, CB, Nebraska
The Bengals need someone to start across from Leon Hall and it just so happens that Dennard is still on the board. He has the skills to make it, but perhaps his best trait is that he’s smart and doesn’t make mistakes.

18. San Diego – Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
The Chargers need to focus on their defensive front seven this offseason. Perry could play either DE or OLB for them, though it’s more likely he’ll be the latter. He has speed off the snap and a variety of moves to get into the backfield.

19. Chicago – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Bears could use an upgrade to their O-line and DeCastro would be a good pick here. He is a dominant run blocker and a big reason for Stanford’s success on the ground. He can pass block as well, but should help Matt Forte break some runs.

20. Tennessee – Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State
One of several needs for the Titans is the defensive line and Still more then fills it. He could play on the edge or in the middle with his size, speed and power and can easily beat offensive lineman to open up lanes for LBs or go after the QB himself.

21. Cincinnati – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
This is probably too high for Miller, but the Bengals don’t have much of a ground game. His main asset is his speed, which he can use to break some long runs. He would add another young offensive piece to go with Dalton and Green.

22. Cleveland (from Atlanta) – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Well, so much for McCoy throwing to Blackmon next season. Recognizing the need for a QB, the Browns will select the rising Tannehill, who is benefiting greatly from Landry Jones’ decision. Tannehill’s recent injury could raise concerns, but Cleveland might get desperate if he can bounce back.

23. Detroit – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Dominic Raiola is on the downside of his career and it’s time to find his replacement. Konz has the results to back up his skills as he has handled top players like Jerel Worthy and Jared Crick in the Big Ten. He can block equally as well for the run as the pass and will be anchor in the middle of the Lion O-line.

24. Pittsburgh – Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
The Steelers need an upgrade at guard and Cordy Glenn fits the bill. He positions himself well to make blocks, utilizing quick feet to do so. He can pass protect, though he’s better at run blocking. He had a bad game against Boise State, but improved as the season wore on.

25. Denver – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
The Broncos need a run stuffing defensive tackle and that’s exactly what they get with Worthy. He has the strength to break off blocks from the O-line and zero in on the running back. He’ll also create space for the LBs to get into the backfield.

26. NY Giants – Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
Burfict is a run stopper of the highest caliber that plays with a very high motor. He can slip past blockers and tackle with ease. The caveat is that he can lose control of his emotions, but the Giants staff can work on directing that aggression properly.

27. Houston – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are not effective targets across from Andre Johnson. Jeffery will remedy that problem. He has the size to call jump balls and the speed to break away from defenders.

28. Baltimore – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Ray Lewis only has a few years left and the Ravens need to start looking for his successor. Hightower is a rock in the middle, chasing down ball carriers and can also join the blitz if needed. He’ll benefit greatly learning from Lewis.

29. New England(from New Orleans) – Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Pats have some young players in their secondary, but in this pass happy league, you can never have too many defensive backs. Barron is a hard hitter with excellent instincts. He can cover receivers as well as come up for run support.

30. San Francisco – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
The Niners could use a CB, but their defense is already good, so they turn to improving the offense.  Sanu is on the rise after breaking several records this past season and will form a deep receiving core with Crabtree, Davis and Morgan.

31. New England – Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
The Pats could use an upgrade to help their pass rush as well as inject some youth. He’s combines size with an explosive burst off the edge that will work as either a DE or an OLB.

32. Green Bay – Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
The Packers don’t have any real immediate needs, but one they could turn their attention to is an edge rusher opposite Clay Matthews. Zach Brown is one of the top at the position this year and will use his speed and athleticism to make plays.