From Cam Newton to Cheta Ozougwu a total of 254 names were called in the 2011 NFL draft. Some players are better than others and some names are better than others. Here is a quick list of some of the names I consider to be the best of the 2011 NFL draft:
Nick Fairley – OK, I admit that this one makes the cut because he was drafted by the Lions. Even so, Nick Fairley’s name earns a place on the list because it so easily lends itself for headline puns. They started showing up as soon as the Lions sent their card to the podium.
Jordan/Ingram/Heyward/Wisniewski/Matthews – The men that rep these four last names find themselves following in their respective fathers’ footsteps as NFL players. That’s pretty cool.
Ras-I Dowling – What happened to Ras-A through Ras-H?
Lazarius Levingston – I don’t know about you but this name conjures up images of a regal nobleman or a bourbon sipping southern gentleman. Either way, Let’s hope he at least considers growing a big curly mustache when his playing days are through.
Mistral Raymond – Part of what grabbed my attention is its ability to remind me of former Michigan Wolverine recruit Mister Simpson. Mistral is pretty close to Mister and a pretty sweet name in its own right.
Lawrence Guy – It is said that a name says a lot about a person. If that is the case, little more than the obvious is revealed about this player. The Packers will hope he is more than “just a guy”.
Prince Amukamara – This is a great name all by itself. Can you imagine if Nnamdi Asomugha signs with the Giants? An Amukamara-Asomugha defensive backfield will make for a difficult day for any broadcasting a Giants game. Combine the fact that he has five sisters named Princess, Precious, Promise, Peace and Passionate and it goes to a new level. I have just one question: how is a parent supposed to tell a kid named Prince or Princess to clean their room or take out the garbage?