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2012 Draft

Any diehard fan following a sport since childhood will tell you that "names have magic" - Since Sonny Grandelius roamed the gridiron for the Brooklyn Football Dodgers and WR Louis Lipps and running back I.M. Hipp graced Buchsbaum's and Kiper's draft boards, players' names have carried with them a certain romance and poetry. To select this year's All-Name class, we asked the following question: "If you were writing a novel or screen-play about football, who would you call on from Central Casting?" (& vice versa)?

(Notes - The "Bubbas", "Jim Bobs" and "Cody's are pretty much a thing of the past, but the growing diversity in our country reflects an explosion of exotic names from the African continent to the South Sea Islands. I hope no one will take offense in my "no name" selections - think of them as "challenges" to be overcome by being extra-competitive on the football field. 
Position All Name Team "No Name" Team
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford Brandon Weeden, Ohio St
RB Adonis Thomas, Toledo Bernard Pierce, Temple
FB Cody Johnson, Texas Brad Smelley, Alabama
WR Junior Hemingway, Michigan Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Florida Int'l Marquis Maze, Alabama
TE Beau Reliford, FSU Coby Fleener, Stanford
OT Landon Walker, Clemson Mark Zusevics, Iowa
OG Kelechi Obomele, Iowa St. Josh LeRibeus, SMU
OC Quentin Saulsberry, Miss. State Jason Slowey, Western Oregon
OG Senio Kelemete, Washington Joe Looney, Wake Forest
OT Levi Adcock, Oklahoma St. Mitchell Schwartz, California
DE Malik Jackson, Tennessee Jamie Blatnick, Oklahoma St.
NT Hebron Fangupo, BYU Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois Chas Aleccxih, Pitt
OLB Zach Brown, No. Carolina Nathan Stupar, Penn. St.
ILB Tank Carder, TCU Audie Cole, NC State
ILB Dontae Hightower, Alabama Max Gruder, Pitt
OLB Demario Davis, Arkansas St. Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
CB Janoris Jenkins, No. Alabama Shawn Prater, Iowa
CB Ace Jackson, Cal Poly Brandon Boykin, Georgia
S Janzen Jackson, McNeese Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
S Sean Cattouse, California Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest
K Blair Walsh, Georgia Carson  Wiggs, Purdue
P Bryan Anger, California Ryan Tydacka, Kentucky


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