Best Names of the 2018 Draft Class
As a certified draft nut, there are plenty of stats, film and interviews to nerd-out over in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. One of my favorite things to do is find the best names of the draft. These guys may or may not become NFL stars, but one thing can be said about these players: their name would make for a fantastic football card or jersey. Here are some of my favorites this year.
DT Vita Vea, Washington
Alliteration is king when it comes to great names and Vita Vea has a great ring to it. The big man from Washington is a lock for the 1st round.
WR Michael Gallup, Colorado State
Hard not to like a skill position player with a name like Gallup. This one is going to be a softball for play-by-play guys any time Gallup breaks loose for a long gain. Gallup could sneak into the 1st round, but is likely a Day 2 selection.
C Will Clapp, LSU
Clapp could find himself drafted on Day 2, but if not, it would be a surprise if the junior entry waited too long to hear his name called on Day 3. Who will clap if KC drafts Will Clapp?
WR Jester Weah, Pittsburgh
Pronounced “wee-ah,” he makes the list more for the first name than the last name obviously. He’s a Day 3 prospect with some size at 6’3”.
NT Poona Ford, Texas
Doesn’t Poona just sound like nose tackle? The fire hydrant from Texas could sneak into Day 2 for a team that really likes him but he likely goes somewhere Day 3.
WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame
Lots of talent and tremendous size at 6’5” 204. Brown didn’t live up to the hype for the Fighting Irish but he’s a top prospect based on his name for the purposes of this post! Could be a Day 3 steal if he gets focused in the NFL.
ILB Josey Jewell, Iowa
A classic try-hard hitter out of Iowa, Jewell gets the nod for the great use of alliteration! A late round selection is all he would merit as his upside is limited, but he could be a real jewel of a special teams player in the NFL.
WR Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs were all over this player. After all, he and QB Pat Mahomes have history playing together at Tech and Coutee fits the mold GM Brett Veach is looking for as a speedy WR. He has a wide range of draft grades and could go as early as the 3rd round or as late as the 7th depending on how the draft plays out. But all that aside, he’s got everything you could ask for in an odd-ball name!
RB Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
Rhyming also is taken into consideration here on the big board of big names! This dude is a bruiser from the Crimson Tide who likely won’t get drafted as early as he would like after leaving school a year early.
DE Jojo Wicker, Arizona State
While I think he should have stayed in school and gotten a year with new coach Herm Edwards under his belt, Wicker is a decent late round prospect who defends the run well but doesn’t have a lot of pass rush upside.
ILB Trent Tanking, Kansas State
Hey, if you’ve got tank in your name then you make this list. He’s likely not getting drafted but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got an invite to camp from the Chiefs seeing as how he’s from one of the local schools.
WR Bryce Bobo, Colorado
I know I would want a Bobo jersey if he makes something of himself in the league. He’s a likely undrafted free agent with limited upside.
OT Gerhard De Beer, Arizona
If you’ve got beer in your name, it’s kind of hard to NOT make a list like this. Endorsements are in this guy’s future if he can develop into a pro. Currently, he’s an undersized prospect who likely will try to sign with a team after the draft.